Ex-table tennis chief cleared of misappropriating funds

SINGAPORE - Former table tennis chief Choo Wee Khiang was cleared of misappropriating association funds to pay an assistant coach on Friday.

District Judge Lim Tse Haw said that Choo, 58, had not dishonestly misappropriated $8,400 of funds from the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) to pay Mr Luo Jie, who moonlighted as a table tennis coach at Fuhua Secondary School between 2001 and 2003.

The judge also held that Choo had not intended to cause wrongful loss to the association, nor wrongful gain to the coach, since the money was already contractually due to him. STTA high performance manager Koh Li Ping, 44, was also acquitted of helping Choo commit the offence.

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