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Singapore former transport minister faces eight additional charges for corruption

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The Singaporean Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) announced Monday that former Minister for Transport S. Iswaran was charged with eight extra counts of acquiring, as a public servant, invaluable issues with a complete worth of S$18,956.94 (round US $14,094) for no consideration throughout his incumbency.

The extra fees concern Iswaran receiving gadgets from Lum Kok Seng, managing director of a development agency concerned in varied Singaporean authorities tasks. The alleged offenses occurred between November 2021 and November 2022, when Iswaran was the incumbent Minister for Transport, and concerned the development of a Mass Fast Transit (MRT) station in Singapore.

The fees fall below Part 165 of the Singaporean Penal Code, which prohibits public servants from taking bribes and offers that anybody in violation will be fined or sentenced to imprisonment of as much as two years or each.

On January 18, 2024, Iswaran was charged with 27 offenses for violation of Sections 165 and 204A(a) of the Penal Code in addition to Part 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The sooner fees have been associated to his receiving gadgets from property tycoon Ong Beng Seng for advancing Ong’s enterprise pursuits in the course of the interval between November 2015 and December 2021 and obstructing the course of justice. He pleaded not guilty to all 27 fees. On Monday, the courtroom allowed the eight extra fees to be transferred to the Common Division of the Excessive Court docket along with the sooner fees.

Iswaran grew to become the Minister of Transport in Might 2021 whereas remaining the Minister-in-charge of Commerce Relations after a Cabinet reshuffle. The corruption scandal first grew to become identified to the general public in July 2023, after which he resigned from each positions, though denying the allegations. Chee Hong Tat was appointed as the brand new Minister for Transport in January 2024.

In its prosecutions towards Iswaran, the CPIB repeatedly burdened that “Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance method in the direction of corruption.” It was rated because the fifth least corrupt nation on the planet out of 180 nations within the Transparency Worldwide Corruption Perceptions Index 2023. Celebrating the end result, the CPIB has acknowledged its mission in working with the neighborhood “to make sure that incorruptibility stays a key a part of the Singaporean DNA.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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