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Accused in City Harvest case discharges lawyer

One of the accused in the City Harvest Church case, Chew Eng Han, will represent himself for the remainder of the trial, and indicated that he made the decision out of "personal conviction".

SINGAPORE: One of the accused in the City Harvest Church case, Chew Eng Han, will be representing himself when the trial resumes in July, following an application to discharge his lawyer, Senior Counsel Michael Khoo.

Chew indicated on Wednesday (May 28) that he made the decision not to engage a lawyer out of "personal conviction". He told Channel NewsAsia that he is aware of the challenging task ahead and is in the midst of preparing his defence.

Mr Khoo from the law firm Michael Khoo and Partners has represented Chew for more than a year for the trial.

Chew is one of six City Harvest Church leaders accused of conspiring to cheat the church by funnelling S$24 million into sham investments to finance the career of founder Kong Hee's wife, singer Sun Ho, and then misappropriating another S$26.6 million to cover up the misuse of the first sum.

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