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Malaysian who jumped bail brought before Singapore court on match-fixing charges

Prosecutors recommended that ex-international Thana Segar - first nabbed for his part in an alleged bribery attempt in May 2012 - should not be granted bail.

SINGAPORE: The former Malaysia international footballer who jumped bail in 2012 after being charged with attempting to rig a game has been rearrested and was brought before a special sitting in court on Sunday (Aug 10).

Deputy Public Prosecutor Shaun Lee urged the court to revoke Thana Segar S Sinnaiah’s bail, noting that the 40-year-old had fled despite posting a S$50,000 bail and having his passport being impounded. It is unclear where he had fled to or how he was nabbed.

Thana Segar, who was an up-and-coming footballer in the 1990s, had been charged on May 24, 2012, with aiding a meet-up between part-time referee Shokri Nor and Selvarajan Letchuman to fix the result of a match. A bribe of RM15,000 (S$5,900) had allegedly been offered to Shokri, who was removed from his refereeing duties for the Malaysian Super League tie between LionsXII and Sarawak, which LionsXII won 3-0.

In 1995, Thana Segar had also received an 18-month ban for corruption, after being among 58 Malaysian players and officials hauled up by the Football Association of Malaysia.

Thana Segar, who was unrepresented in court on Sunday, did not enter a plea. Prosecutors told the court that investigations for immigration offences are ongoing against him.

District Judge Victor Yeo ordered no bail for Thana Segar, who will be remanded until his next court mention on Aug 29. If convicted, he faces a fine of up to S$100,000 or jail of up to five years, or both.