City Harvest leaders back in court this morning

SINGAPORE — The third tranche of the trial of City Harvest Church leaders resumed this morning (Jan 13), with public passes to observe proceedings at the Subordinate Courts given out at 7.15am.

The distribution of passes took place later today than with the first two tranches, when church members queued overnight to get a seat in court.

Six City Harvest leaders — one of whom is no longer with church — are accused of misusing millions of dollars belonging to the church between January 2007 and October 2008.

Church founder Kong Hee and his deputies John Lam, Chew Eng Han, Tan Ye Peng, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan are charged with channelling S$24 million into companies Xtron and PT the First National Glassware (Firna) to boost the career of singer Sun Ho, who is also Kong Hee’s wife.

Ultimate Assets was a third firm identified by the prosecution that was allegedly used as a financial vehicle.

Firna and Ultimate Assets are owned by Wahju Hanafi, whom the prosecution is alleging has close ties to the church.

Chew Eng Han, Tan Ye Peng, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan also face a second set of charges, the misappropriation of S$26 million to cover up the first sum.

The prosecution is alleging that Kong Hee had set out the timeline of monetary transactions to be completed between the church and various companies, in order to use the funds to boost Sun Ho’s career.

The trial is expected to last until September this year.

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