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SINGAPORE - Former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay has announced through his lawyers that he will be claiming trial for all four charges of corruption he is facing in relation to the high profile sex-for-business case.
The 46-year-old Ng had allegedly received sexual gratification from Ms Cecilia Sue Siew Nang, who was then an employee of IT vendors Oracle Corporation Singapore and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), in return for "furthering the business interests" of the companies she was working for.
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The Straits Times (ST) reported that his lawyers had previously said that is too premature for Ng to decide if he will claim trial against the corruption charges he faces as the particulars of the case were not yet made available.
In a media statement released to the press yesterday, the lawyers reiterated that they have yet to be given the specifics of the charges brought against Ng.
Ng's lawyer had previously raised to the court that the charges against Ng did not clarify how he had helped "further the business interests" of the companies.
Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng and Ms Melanie Ho said yesterday that the generality of the charges is a point they intend to bring before the trial judge.
His lawyers are asking for the prosecution to reveal what are the supposed corrupt acts after the alleged trysts between Ng and Sue, as well as the business interests that were allegedly furthered.
According to a previous ST report, it is believed that Oracle had no IT-related dealings with CNB during Ng's term as chief between February last year and his suspension on Jan 25.
In addition, HDS, believed to be a sub-contractor for CNB's IT tenders, was not directly awarded any contracts by the agency.
An earlier report in ST said that although the charge sheets stated that alleged trysts between Ms Sue and Ng happened over a period of six months, both are said to have been close since 2009.
Ng's wife said in a statement to the media that she has never doubted his professional integrity and will continue to stand by him.