S'porean among 4 charged in SEA Games match-fixing case

S'porean among 4 charged in SEA Games match-fixing case

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean and three foreigners were charged on Saturday (March 30) for trying to manipulate a SEA Games football match.

According to news reports, former 'Kelong King' of the 90s Rajendran R Kurusamy, 55, conspired with two others to give $15,000 to Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes - the Technical Director of the Football Federation of Timor Leste.

Orlando was to arrange for the Timor Leste team to lose today's match against Malaysia.

The two other accused are former Timor Leste football player Moises Natalino De Jesus, 32, and Indonesian Nasiruddin, 52.

Court documents showed that Rajendran had met Orlando at Orchid Country Club on May 28, reported Channel NewsAsia.

According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo, the arrests are part of a large operation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Requesting for the four men to be remanded a week, DPP Khoo said there are many persons-of-interest and not all have been apprehended. 

Rajendran and Orlando both denied the charge against them, The New Paper reported.

Rajendran Kurusamy was previously jailed for 27 months in 1997, for attempting to bribe three S-League players, according to The Straits Times. He was jailed another 24 months two years later for agreeing to give $20,000 to a prison warder to smuggle a mobile phone for him.

The men will be back in court on June 5.

If found guilty of corruption, they could be jailed up to five years and fined $100,000.

candicec@sph.com.sg

 

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