Appeal Court’s oral judgement on Kong Hee and Gang

For those who may be interested, the following is the Appeal Court’s oral submissions on the case.


Kong Hee, CHC founder

“We agree with the Judge (See Kee Oon) that Kong Hee’s overall culpability and criminality are the greatest of the appellants.

Kong Hee was the ultimate leader both of the Crossover and the appellants and it was he who provided the appellants with the overall direction and moral assurance for their actions. He was also the one who instilled the appellants with the confidence in the mission of the Crossover (Project) and (Kong Hee’s wife) Sun Ho’s ability to be successful in the US.

While we accept that Kong Hee neither directed nor participated in the conspiracy to redeem the bonds, it cannot escape our notice that the round-tripping transactions would not have been necessary if the Xtron and Firna bonds had never been entered into in the first place. It is clear from the circumstances of this case that Kong Hee was one of the main players – if not the main player – who had set things in motion in relation to the sham investment charges where he had directed and influenced the other appellants, in particular (Chew) Eng Han, to come up with plans when increased funding for the Crossover was needed.”

Chew Eng Han, former CHC fund manager

“As for Eng Han, we find that he employed his wits and financial expertise to mask the reality of the transactions. Although he was not a spiritual leader of CHC, he was trusted when it came to financial matters. His sentences for the sham investment charges should thus only be slightly lower than Kong Hee’s. He was also the mastermind behind the round-tripping transactions and was the most culpable of the appellants who were charged for the round-tripping charges and account falsification charges.”

Tan Ye Peng, Deputy Senior Pastor of CHC

“Like Kong Hee, Ye Peng was a spiritual leader in CHC though the trust and authority reposed in him by CHC’s members was not as great as those reposed in Kong Hee.

That said, we note that he was not the main mastermind behind the sham investment charges or the round-tripping charges. Therefore, his sentences should be slightly lower than the sentences imposed on Kong Hee for the sham investment charges and on Eng Han for the round-tripping charges and the account falsification charges.”

Serina Wee, former CHC finance manager

“Serina, we agree with the Judge that her sentences in respect of the CBT Charges should generally be lower than those imposed on the others because she was less culpable. Unlike Kong Hee and Ye Peng, Serina was not a spiritual leader of the church. While she was the administrator of the Crossover and helped out with the accounts and the documentation, she is less culpable than Eng Han as she did not devise the illicit bonds or the round-tripping transactions.”

John Lam, former CHC board member

“In our judgment, the culpability of John Lam, who was involved to a relatively limited (though important) extent and only at some junctures, is lower than that of Serina, Eng Han and Ye Peng. He was also involved only in the Xtron and Firna bond transactions and played no role in the round-tripping transactions.”

Sharon Tan, former CHC finance manager

“We note that Sharon was at no point a leader of CHC, the Crossover or the illegal transactions.

For this reason, we agree with Sharon that her culpability in respect of the round-tripping and the account falsification charges should not be pegged to that of Ye Peng. While she may have been more directly involved in the round-tripping transactions than he was, the fact remains that she was only an employee, and was merely carrying out the decisions and instructions of the decision-makers in CHC. Therefore, in respect of both categories of charges, we sentence her to a considerably lower sentence than the other appellants.

Following from that, the sentences imposed on each of the appellants are also reduced as we have just stated. Accordingly, the appeals brought by the appellants against the sentences are allowed to the extent stated above, and the appeals brought by the Prosecution against the sentences are dismissed.”

 

Related: Kong Hee and Gang should not pop their China Wines yet

* The original written submission is over 300 pages long.

 

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33 Responses to “Appeal Court’s oral judgement on Kong Hee and Gang”

  • Kong Hee Has Proven He Can:

    Perform Miracles ! – he miraculously reduced his jail term from more than 8 years to just 3.5 years !!

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  • God is great:

    Kong Hee Has Proven He Can:
    Perform Miracles ! – he miraculously reduced his jail term from more than 8 years to just 3.5 years !!

    God is great! He triumphs over the courts!

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  • zika:

    So in my opinion, Hitler is the “spiritual leader” of the nazis.

    In this respect, he should received a far less severe sentence than the actual battleground players who are merely following orders.

    Anyone agree, kee lan jiao!

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  • 70% Daft Sinkies:

    Can someone answer these questions for me?

    1) In normal course of matter, people on CBT were more severely punished for amount far lesser than $50 million.

    The Appeal Court spent so much time on matter of legal technicalities. Shouldn’t the role of an Appeal court also be on resolving judgement based on criminal severity?

    2) $24 million went into funding Sun Ho’s singing career. Another $26 million was used to cover this misuse in the form of sham bond roundabout.

    Was this $24 million ever recovered? From the court’s release and news’ release – no. Clearly, Sun Ho’s career was a failure from the start. The money can’t be recovered.

    Both Kong Hee and Sun Ho, personally gained from this saga – using the church’s fund to finance Sun Ho’s career, lifestyle and other expenses. Why did the Lower Court and the Appeal Court said that there was ‘no personal gain’?

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  • MarBowling:

    I thought they had stopped STAGING Wayang Kulit donkey years ago.

    HoLee shits. They revive the fiacking show again!

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  • Singapore judge rules:

    “Both Kong Hee and Sun Ho, personally gained from this saga – using the church’s fund to finance Sun Ho’s career, lifestyle and other expenses. Why did the Lower Court and the Appeal Court said that there was ‘no personal gain’? ”
    Because the Singapore judge say so. Same judges who said Amos Yee criticised Christianity and not LKY.

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  • ducimer:

    with good behavior in jail, further reduction in the jail term is likely.

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  • rukidding:

    A Pastor “falling prey” to a Satanic Woman who likes drinking China wine and scantily cladd clothings .

    Too bad,….Nobody is perfect !

    Its quite clear that, that China wine woman was the cause of the whole unfortunate event !

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  • Mad House:

    This is a Cult church for using religion to cheat their naive followers and should be shut permanently. There is no place here for cult practices and making to play God to con their silly sheep. Karma will come after them and their almighty lord will punish everyone single one.

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  • tan yan ren:

    Dear Singaporeans
    DO YOU AGREE that the judgement is a fucking BIG JOKE????
    the following were judgements before….
    1…Ming YI the ren chi joker …gets 9 months for 50K misappropriating 50 K
    2. Chia teck leng cheated $117 million..and sentenced to 42 years jail?
    3Teo cheng kiat jailed24 years for cheating 35 milliuon?
    4KONG HEE cheated 50 million…and Jailed only3.5 years JAIL?????and for good behavior and back dating the date…he WILL BE SERVING less than 2 years?????!!!!!in a few months OUT???like the kidney foundation fraud ????
    so IN APPROXIMATELY 2 years or less he gets away with 50million of loot ..cheating???wow!!!thats good…
    IN THAT CASE WE MUST encourage more people to cheat more money , hiode itaND JUST TAKE A SABBATICAL LEAVE FOR A FEW MONTHS OR A YEAR AND …fiack THE SYSTEM?????……
    what SINGAPORE NEED IS TO GET A trump alikeLEADER to lead singapore!!!! GIFT from GOD to singapore to SACK these bastards!!!
    What the Law is say ing is that ITS OK to STEAL, CHEAT, is that the message???Singaporeans you decide whether Shanmugam is a JOKE if he allows it or the AG is a JOKE if he allows it!!!!AMEN

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  • Not the Full Picture:

    Whatever the law may provide for, it is important justice be done, and be seen to be done. The perception in peoples’ minds is something that cannot be taken lightly.

    As a lay person, I can imagine there might be some technicalities that caps the maximum sentence for these offences. Having said that, there is a widely held perception justice has not been adequately delivered to the defendants.

    I would think it to be the job of the learned Judges to break new ground where justice doesn’t appear to have been served. And I would not have expected it to require the Law Minister to say we have not seen the end of this matter.

    Isn’t this the job of the Attorney General to make the statement, and not the Law Minister? Why are Ministers making statements about so many things on so many others’ behalf? Where are the senior public officers when the occasion calls for them?

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  • Trust only myself:

    tan yan ren:
    Dear Singaporeans
    DO YOU AGREE that the judgement is a fucking BIG JOKE????
    the following were judgements before….
    1…Ming YI the ren chi joker …gets 9 months for 50K misappropriating 50 K
    2. Chia teck leng cheated $117 million..and sentenced to 42 years jail?
    3Teo cheng kiat jailed24 years for cheating 35 milliuon?
    4KONG HEE cheated 50 million…and Jailed only3.5 years JAIL?????and for good behavior and back dating the date…he WILL BE SERVING less than 2 years?????!!!!!in a few months OUT???like the kidney foundation fraud ????
    so IN APPROXIMATELY 2 years or less he gets away with 50million of loot ..cheating???wow!!!thats good…
    IN THAT CASE WE MUST encourage more people to cheat more money , hiode itaND JUST TAKE A SABBATICAL LEAVE FOR A FEW MONTHS OR A YEAR AND …fiack THE SYSTEM?????……
    what SINGAPORE NEED IS TO GET A trump alikeLEADER to lead singapore!!!! GIFT from GOD to singapore to SACK these bastards!!!
    What the Law is say ing is that ITS OK to STEAL, CHEAT, is that the message???Singaporeans you decide whether Shanmugam is a JOKE if he allows it or the AG is a JOKE if he allows it!!!!AMEN

    You gave so many examples I just provide one……
    The late JBJ was jailed and REMOVED as MP for mere $200+ dollars in donation……no personal gain also and here still need to compare?
    KH should be jailed for double the original sentence.

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  • Hippity Hop:

    Hippity Hop… Hippity Hop…. Why it takes so long? It’s about cooking up a good COCK N BULL story to give a 50% discount. BOING! BOING!

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  • Python 5:

    Kong Hee Has Proven He Can:
    Perform Miracles ! – he miraculously reduced his jail term from more than 8 years to just 3.5 years !!

    I went to the police, like a good American.

    These two boys were brought to trial.

    The judge sentenced them to three years in prison,
    but suspended the sentence.

    Suspended the sentence! They went free that very day!

    I stood in the courtroom like a fool.

    Those two bastards, they smiled at me.

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  • Python 5:

    Mad House:
    This is a Cult church for using religion to cheat their naive followers and should be shut permanently. There is no place here for cult practices and making to play God to con their silly sheep. Karma will come after them and their almighty lord will punish everyone single one.

    their followers are like the 70%. wait. their followers ARE the 70%.
    that explains why the lenient sentence and that all familiar and similar scent of stupidity.

    You don’t want to lose their votes come GE2020 now would you???

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  • Python 5:

    ducimer:
    with good behavior in jail, further reduction in the jail term is likely.

    the sentence will be deferred. just like the godfather movie.
    then the sentence will be thrown out the window for good behaviour.
    then Kong Hee will perform another miracle for PAP in GE2020.

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  • Python 5:

    Singapore judge rules:
    “Both Kong Hee and Sun Ho, personally gained from this saga – using the church’s fund to finance Sun Ho’s career, lifestyle and other expenses. Why did the Lower Court and the Appeal Court said that there was ‘no personal gain’? ”
    Because the Singapore judge say so. Same judges who said Amos Yee criticised Christianity and not LKY.

    PAP got some undertable financial gain from the whole fiasco lah.
    so obvious.

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  • Criminal Mind:

    The Court of Appeal will next order the Chief Justice and all the Justices,and the Attorney-General and his DPPs to attend CHC’s weekend service to kneel and apologise to the Great Con-man and his gang on stage At the same time, to compensate them a $100 million for their pain and suffering. How do you like that, CHC morons?

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  • Just1more:

    To the layman this is a shocker. No one understands how could the law be so lenient to these people and yet so harsh on others who had committed similar crimes. No one can see the logic, if there is one!

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  • Dejavu:

    Justice Chao defined the term “agent” to refer to an external party to the organisation – in other words, section 409 would have applied to the six convicts if they were not part of the church. Simply put, inside the church can fiddle the funds, outside cannot. Why is this logic so familiar?
    In 1997, the Workers’ Party had complained to the police that Mr Goh Chok Tong, Dr Tony Tan and Brigadier-General (NS) Lee Hsien Loong had been inside a Cheng San GRC polling station on Polling Day. Then Attorney General Chan Sek Keong ruled that “while it is illegal to be within 200 metres of a polling station unless you are voting, IT IS NOT ILLEGAL IF YOU ARE INSIDE.” Dejavu.

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  • I Not Stupid Prince::

    This Whole CHC Saga starring Pastor Con Hee & his Gang is now the “Greatest Show on Planet SINKAPORE!! What a blady Bunch of GOONS!
    May God teach them a valuble lesson! KNNBCB

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  • apakhabar:

    THIS IS THE NEW CRIME. Rob God and church funds, get light sentence then enjoy the millions.
    Not only God will forgive, but the legal system you will forgive.
    Nice e work if you can do it,
    A good lawyer in high places also helps.

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  • cw:

    give them 70% mandate and we get this kind of verdict
    vvvv angry

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  • Change We Must:

    Something is very wrong with our laws?? God cannot save him now, the law ministry is reopening the case.

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  • Perspective:

    It’s a mockery to the good faith of the general public in the law and in religious organization. A travesty indeed! As TYR observed in his comment, other similar crimes involving breach of trust have been met with much stiffer sentences, and political prisoners have spent a good part of their lives in prison for crimes not proven in court. These “religious” leaders who have been proven guilty of breach involving $50 MILLION of charitable contributions have their sentences reduced by more than 50%! Does it not trouble the conscience of the church members who pray for a reduced sentence when others paid the full price for their crimes? Should the Church rejoice when non-believers are looking with disgust at the whole outcome of this trial?

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  • Soulless Papist:

    One great joker even reiterates that ‘Upholding rule of law is key to Singapore’s survival’ – Actually, Singapore’s survival hinges on how to get rid of laws set by crooked rulers. Trump’s blue-eyed girl, K.T Mcfarland will see to that.

    tan yan ren:

    Dear Singaporeans
    DO YOU AGREE that the judgement is a fucking BIG JOKE????
    the following were judgements before….
    1…Ming YI the ren chi joker …gets 9 months for 50K misappropriating 50 K
    2. Chia teck leng cheated $117 million..and sentenced to 42 years jail?
    3Teo cheng kiat jailed24 years for cheating 35 milliuon?
    4KONG HEE cheated 50 million…and Jailed only3.5 years JAIL?????and for good behavior and back dating the date…he WILL BE SERVING less than 2 years?????!!!!!in a few months OUT???like the kidney foundation fraud ????
    so IN APPROXIMATELY 2 years or less he gets away with 50million of loot ..cheating???wow!!!thats good…
    IN THAT CASE WE MUST encourage more people to cheat more money , hiode itaND JUST TAKE A SABBATICAL LEAVE FOR A FEW MONTHS OR A YEAR AND …fiack THE SYSTEM?????……
    what SINGAPORE NEED IS TO GET A trump alikeLEADER to lead singapore!!!! GIFT from GOD to singapore to SACK these bastards!!!
    What the Law is say ing is that ITS OK to STEAL, CHEAT, is that the message???Singaporeans you decide whether Shanmugam is a JOKE if he allows it or the AG is a JOKE if he allows it!!!!AMEN

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  • KOng Hee:

    This is the beginning of the end of a fair justice system is Singapore. The 3 judges should be complimented for this.

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  • Failed:

    just like our ministars. foul ups.
    these 3 judges , well learned officers of the law, didn’t get it right…
    what hope do we have?
    Matilah Singapura.

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  • Amos humiliated L*L and PAP:

    The result of the US Court hearing on Amos petition for asylum makes clear the unfairness of the Singapore judicial system It is controlled and manipulated by PAP against its “enemies”.

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  • [email protected]:

    Jesus loves him! Praise the lord!

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  • self regulation is a myth:

    The main thing is these scheming unscruplous so called Christian leaders are found quilty. Whether the sentence fits the crime is secondary matter. At least some kind of justice is upheld.

    Are these leaders remoreful and repented?

    If not, there is no hope for them.

    If yes, follow the tax collector who overcharge his tax payers, refund them in full and four times over. Show you are truly repentant.

    To be fooled once, shame on the offenders.

    To be fooled twice, shame on the victms

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  • dont worry pal,:

    [email protected]:

    April 12, 2017 at 8:02 am (Quote)

    Jesus loves him! Praise the lord!”

    dont worry pal, not for you say and judged. leave it to Jesus when time comes.

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  • Are They Remorseful?:

    You reap what you sow. One may escape Earthly Punishment lightly but one can never escape Eternal Damnation lightly.

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