Channel News Asia reports,
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.
Source: By28 May 2014 18:15. (Accessed 30/05/2014.)
Edit 30/05/2014: More information has come to light in relation to this news.
Mr. Chew Eng Han Self Represents
“Today marks yet another major crossroad of my life. I have discharged my lawyer Mr Michael Khoo and the court has officially acknowledged it. More significantly, I have decided to represent myself in court henceforth.
This decision comes after much thought and deliberation as well as prayer and counsel. Mr Khoo has been a great help as well as a supportive friend to me, but I have a deep personal conviction that I need to speak and deliver my defense in person. It isn’t easy for most to understand this move, but I believe it is the right thing to do. The prosecution has delivered its case, and the honorable judge has decided there is a case to answer. Now is the time for me to answer and I feel that i need to answer for and by myself.
The next tranche starts on July 14th and from now till then it will be an intensive time of self preparation. It is a big step of faith, and the road ahead will be rough, but I trust in the Lord that He will guide me through.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Chew Eng Han
28 May 2014
Source: Chew Eng Han, Mr. Chew Eng Han Self Represents, Mrs Light and Friends, http://mrslightnfriends.com/mr-chew-eng-han-self-represents, Published 28/05/2014. (Accessed 30/05/2014.)