City Harvest trial: Finance head Sharon Tan cries in court
The finance manager of City Harvest Church, Sharon Tan, broke down in court today.
Her lawyer, Senior Counsel Kannan Ramesh, had been asking her if she needed to make any corrections in her statement.
"I'm so sorry," Tan told the court as she tried to compose herself.
It is not known why she cried.
The judge asked if she needed a break before adjourning the session for the day.
About the case
City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee and five others are on trial for allegedly misusing church funds through sham bonds.
This includes $24 million to allegedly fund the music career of Kong’s wife, Ms Ho Yeow Sun, whose stage name is Sun Ho, and another $26.6 million to allegedly cover up the first amount.
They are said to have done this through music production firm Xtron and glass manufacturer Firna, run by long-time supporters of the church.
Kong, former board member John Lam, finance manager Sharon Tan, former fund manager Chew Eng Han, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng and former finance manager Serina Wee face charges of criminal breach of trust and/or falsifying accounts.
Prosecutors had sought to show how Xtron and Firna directors simply did the accused’s bidding.
The defence has argued that the transactions were legitimate, with the accused acting “in good faith” on the advice of lawyers and auditors.