The former Director of Singapore bunker supplier Sentek Marine and Trading Private Limited (Sentek) on Friday (22 October) faced a total of 40 fresh charges at the State Courts of Singapore, according to documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
Ten charges relating to the obstruction of justice were issued to the individual for arranging three ex-Sentek employees to remain away from Singapore between January 2018 to January 2021 to make them unavailable for investigations by the Singapore Police. This included allegedly instructing another ex-Sentek staff to tell the three overseas employees to dispose of their mobile phones.
A total of 30 charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act was issued to the former Director over alleged bribes worth more than SDG 800,000 given to the three overseas ex-employees – through two other associates who also now face similar charges.
The 40 charges add onto a single charge earlier served on October 2020, where the individual was accused of dishonestly receiving about 2,916.30 metric tonnes of marine gasoil valued at USD 1.36 million between 1 and 31 March 2017.
The ex-Director of Sentek was released after bail of SGD 1 million; a pre-trial conference for the case has been scheduled to take place on 29 October. Manifold Times understands that the individual will be contesting the alleged charges.
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Published: 25 October, 2021
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