City Harvest trial resumes

SINGAPORE - The former finance manager of megachurch City Harvest, Serina Wee, was the first of the six defendants to arrive at the Subordinate Courts yesterday morning.

Wee is among the church leaders who are on trial for allegedly misusing millions of dollars belonging to the church. They face varying counts of criminal breach of trust.

The third tranche of the high-profile trial started yesterday, with queues starting noticeably later this time round, as City Harvest Church members started streaming in after 6am.

During the first two tranches, members had turned up to queue for passes to observe court proceedings from as early as the night before.

The court heard yesterday that information about alleged sham bonds at the centre of the trial had been kept from the auditor in charge of the firm issuing the bonds, as Ms Tiang Yii, a partner at auditing firm Baker Tilly TFW, took to the stand.

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