SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean siblings have been charged with corruption-related offences committed in China.
Judy Teo Suya Bik, 65, and Teo Chu Ha alias Henry Teo, 68, were each charged with 50 counts of corruptly obtaining gratification amounting to 11 million yuan (S$2 million) from Shanghai Long-Distance Transportation Co. (SLT) and Feili International Transport Co., Ltd (Feili) as a reward for assisting the two companies in securing contracts with Seagate Technology International (Seagate).
This was done by providing to SLT and Feili confidential information obtained from Henry Teo who was formerly the senior director of logistics at Seagate.
The offences were committed in Shanghai, China from April 2007 to November 2010.
Both of them also have a charge of being involved in an arrangement where Judy Teo's benefits of $700,000 were used to acquire a condominium unit under her name.
The Straits Times report said "the siblings were not represented by a lawyer and told the court that they intend to engage one and claim trial."
They are out on bail and will be back in court on July 13. The bail amount was not mentioned in court.
A statement by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said "Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption. The CPIB takes a serious view of any corrupt and criminal practices, and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts."
Offenders convicted of corruption can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $100,000 for each charge.