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Need to maintain trust in Singapore's system of criminal justice

Crime control cannot be a manifestly utilitarian one of the ends justifying the means. Trust and confidence that the system works well, is fair and just to all stakeholders are non-negotiable and have to be worked on.

In the long-drawn CHC case, after a careful study of Section 409 of the Penal Code (CBT by an agent), the Court of Appeal ruled that "agent" referred to a professional agent who offered commercial services, which the six CHC ex-leaders were not.

SINGAPORE'S criminal laws and its administration of criminal justice have been brought into sharp focus these past weeks. Recent matters such as the Keppel Offshore and Marine (KOM) corruption scandal, the City Harvest Church (CHC) ex-leaders' conviction for criminal breach of trust (CBT), and...

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