Alleged SEA Games match-fixers charged in court
A Singaporean and three foreigners were charged on Saturday morning (May 30) for their alleged involvement in fixing a Southeast Asian Games football match.
Rajendran R. Kurusamy, 55, Indonesian Nasiruddin, 52, and Timor Leste nationals Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, 49 and Moises Natalino De Jesus, 32, appeared in court.
Rajendran is accused of bribing Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, who is Timor Leste's football technical director, with $15,000 so that his team would lose against Malaysia in the SEA Games.
Rajendran and Orlando denied the charge.
Moises and Nasiruddin are accused of engaging in a conspiracy together with Rajendran.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo asked for the four men to be remanded a week for further investigations.
He added that not all the people involved in the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) investigations have been apprehended.
They will be back in court on June 5.
The SEA Games football tournament kicked off on Friday (May 29).
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) had been monitoring football match-fixing activities.
Based on information received, CPIB conducted an operation that lasted several hours of Thursday night and stretched to the early hours of Friday (May 29).
Some members of the Timor Leste SEA Games football team are also assisting the bureau in the investigations.
Read the full report in our print edition on May 31.
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