SINGAPORE: The appeals of six City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders sentenced to jail for misappropriating S$50 million of church funds will be heard over five days, from Sep 19 to Sep 23 this year.
The six were convicted on Oct 21 last year, and sentenced on Nov 20 to between 21 months and eight years' jail, over charges of criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts.
Senior pastor Kong Hee, the founder of the church, was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for criminal breach of trust, while former board member Chew Eng Han was given a sentence of six years and senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, five years and six months.
Serina Wee, former finance manager for the church, was handed a five-year jail term, while John Lam, the former secretary of the church's management board, was sentenced to three years' jail. Former finance manager Sharon Tan received the lightest sentence of 21 months' jail.
The five-day hearing will be presided over by Justices Chao Hick Tin, Chan Seng Oon and Woo Bih Li.
"SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN CONVICTED": EX-BOARD MEMBER
Chew Eng Han, who is appealing both his conviction and 6-year sentence, told reporters after a pre-trial conference at the High Court on Friday (Mar 4) that the first three days of the appeal hearing will see the six aim to convince the High Court that they are not guilty of misappropriating S$50 million from the church.
The prosecution, who have launched an appeal to convince the High Court to increase their jail terms, is expected to make its submissions on the fourth day.
The fifth and last day will give the six an opportunity to reply to the prosecution's submissions, Chew said. He added: "I don't agree with the conviction. I shouldn't even have been convicted".