29 Aug '13, 7am

City Harvest trial: external lawyers found nothing wrong with accounts, said defence

City Harvest trial: external lawyers found nothing wrong with accounts, said defence

City Harvest Church members had overwhelmingly supported its co-founder Ho Yeow Sun's music career as a way to evangelise, and external lawyers had found nothing wrong with various allegedly suspect financial transactions. That was the defence put up on Thursday by lawyers for six church leaders accused of the misuse of church funds. The state believes the money was channelled into Ms Ho's career in 2007 and 2008 through sham bonds issued by two companies run by church members, glassware manufaturer Firna and music firm Xtron Productions, which managed Ms Ho's career from 2003 to 2008. But defence lawyers said that church members had long supported Ms Ho's music ambitions as a way to evangelise and voted to approve it in board meetings. In 2010, several years after the church invested in the bonds and months after the authorities raided the church's offices, church members...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/chc-funds-case/...

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