SINGAPORE - Singapore's government is seeking to amend a law that led to shortened sentences for church leaders convicted of misusing millions of dollars, in a case that has gripped the city-state where there is little tolerance for corruption.
This follows a decision last week by a Singapore court to reject a prosecution appeal to reinstate longer jail sentences for the church leaders, after the High Court reduced their sentences in April 2017.
The government believes the sentences are "too low" for those including City Harvest Church's co-founder Kong Hee, convicted of using funds to support his wife's pop-singing career, Minister for Law Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam said.
Kong, 53, was originally sentenced to eight years in jail in October 2015 for criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts. The High Court later reduced that sentence to three-and-a-half years.