A Singapore policeman once portrayed as a model officer was charged with the gruesome double murder of a businessman and his son in a case that has shocked the city-state.
Senior Staff Sergeant Iskandar Rahmat, 34, could face hanging if convicted of murdering car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, and his son Tan Chee Heong, 42, last Wednesday.
The older man was fatally slashed in his home while his son's body was found a kilometre away after being dragged under one of their cars, leaving a trail of blood on a busy road as other motorists watched in horror.
Iskandar appeared dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans with his hands shackled behind his back, as prosecutors read the murder charges in court.
His right hand had a deep gash closed with stitches between the thumb and forefinger.
No plea was taken and he was taken away in a police car within minutes of his appearance.
Prosecutors said investigations were continuing. Iskandar will reappear in court next Monday.
Iskandar, once portrayed as a model officer on the Singapore Police Force website, abandoned the older victim's car and fled to Malaysia by scooter. He was arrested within two days in neighbouring Johor state and repatriated on Saturday.
Singapore media said the suspect, a married 14-year veteran of the force, was bankrupt and under an official investigation for failing to report his personal financial problems to his superiors. He was banned from carrying firearms at the time of the killings.
There was no immediate indication of a motive for the murders. But a police spokesman confirmed reports that Iskandar had attended to a theft complaint filed by the elder Tan in November last year, after which the sergeant was reassigned to another position.
In a weekend statement, Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said: "Our police force and every police officer is tarred by the actions of this single officer." — AFP
A Lebanese football referee jailed for accepting sex in exchange for agreeing to rig matches testified that a Singaporean businessman used YouTube to show him how to fix a game.
Ali Sabbagh, speaking on the first day of the trial of Eric Ding Si Yang, said the businessman sent him "20 to 30" YouTube links to "teach me how to make wrong decisions".
"The videos had too many decisions where the decision made by the referee is not the right decision," he said.
Ding is accused of providing Ali, 34, and two other Lebanese officials with women who gave them free sexual services ahead of a match in Singapore in April in which they were supposed to officiate.
Ali and the other two officials were all pulled out and placed under investigation before the match. He was found guilty in June and sentenced to six months in jail over the scandal.
Assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb were also convicted and have since been released and deported.
Ali said that in a series of e-mail exchanges late last year, Ding told him that the best way to rig a match was to award penalties.
Ali quoted Ding as saying that "nobody will stop you, nobody will do anything... When the corner comes, just blow and say pushing and pulling... If there is anything in the penalty area, you can blow your whistle".
He said Ding, currently out on bail, gave him assurances that he would not be asked to rig matches that would affect his career within the Asian Football Confederation.
State prosecutors said in an opening statement that they filed three charges against Ding for "corruptly giving gratification to three football officials as an inducement to fix football matches that they would officiate in the future".
Ding faces a maximum prison term of five years and fines of up to S$100,000 (RM252,000) for each count of corruption.
The case is a colourful addition to Singapore's long history of match-fixing scandals, including allegations that syndicates organised the rigging of hundreds of games worldwide. — AFP
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