Publication Type

News Article

Publication Date

2-2018

Abstract

Verdict provides important example of how the courts and Parliament play different roles in Singapore's legal system. The Court of Appeal last week upheld the reduced sentences passed in the City Harvest Church (CHC) case. Six former church leaders were charged with having conspired to commit the aggravated offence of criminal breach of trust (CBT) as an "agent" under Section 409 of the Penal Code. Departing from the earlier interpretation that had stood for the past 40 years, the court decided that Section 409 applied only to professional agents, which the former church leaders were not. The charges were reduced to Section 406, which provided for shorter terms of imprisonment. This decision has triggered a review of our CBT laws. It is clear that Section 409, which was enacted some 150 years ago, is no longer adequate to deal with the CBT cases in the 21st century.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Courts | Criminal Law

Research Areas

Public Interest Law, Community and Social Justice

Publication

Straits Times

First Page

A21

Last Page

A21

ISSN

1692-9344

Publisher

Singapore Press holdings

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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