CHC had to be discreet for Crossover Project to be successful: defence lawyer
- POSTED: 19 Sep 2013 14:43
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The trial of the six leaders of City Harvest Church continued on Thursday with the defence cross-examining prosecution witness -- accountant Foong Daw Ching.
SINGAPORE: The trial of the six leaders of City Harvest Church continued on Thursday with the defence cross-examining prosecution witness -- accountant Foong Daw Ching.
Defence counsel Kannan Ramesh, who represents one of the accused -- Sharon Tan -- took the court through several documents to make the point that the church had to be discreet about their involvement in the Crossover Project for it to be successful.
The Crossover Project aims to reach out to the secular world through the music of Ms Sun Ho, wife of church founder Kong Hee.
In particular, Mr Ramesh referred to an email from the church's investment manager, Chew Eng Han, to co-accused Serina Wee and John Lam. In it, Chew said he wanted to keep the investments the church is making to as small a circle as possible, for fear of a backlash.
Mr Ramesh pointed out that reaching out to the secular world is a sensitive issue, to which Mr Foong agreed.
Another point Mr Ramesh made was that the auditors hired by the church were monitoring its accounts closely and thoroughly. Mr Foong also agreed with this.