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Sentencing of Ex-SPH Exec Adjourned to Dec 21 (ST)

BackNov 17, 2012

THE sentencing of former Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) senior executive Peter Khoo Chong Meng, who faces corruption and criminal breach of trust charges, has been adjourned to Dec 21.

His lawyer Alfonso Ang said yesterday that the prosecution wanted to make further submissions regarding sentencing for the case, and Khoo would then reply to these.

The prosecution has up to next Friday to make written submissions, and the defence is allowed up to Nov 30 to respond.

Khoo, 49, had in August pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption and one of criminal breach of trust. Seven other charges will be taken into consideration by the court for sentencing.

He was a senior vice-president in SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division and head of its Editorial Projects Unit when he confessed to pocketing CapitaLand shopping vouchers and taking kickbacks from a supplier.

Khoo, who had worked in SPH for 22 years, took $196,500, including $83,500 in bribes from his friend, Mr Liaw Kim Chew, and $23,095 in CapitaLand vouchers.

Yesterday, he was accompanied in court by family and friends. He told The Straits Times he has been busy with church work, family matters and work as a marketing and branding consultant.

"Faith and family are most important to me. I'm glad to be able to work and am blessed that clients still want to work with me," he said.

If convicted of corruption, he could be jailed up to five years or fined a maximum of $100,000 or both, on each charge. If convicted of criminal breach of trust under Section 406 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, he could be jailed up to seven years, or fined, or both.