SINGAPORE: The public gallery was full and the anticipation palpable as Pastor Kong Hee was led into the Court of Appeal shortly before 10am on Tuesday (Aug 1), dressed in a purple prison uniform and handcuffed. His hair was white and cropped into a short crew cut.
He was closely followed by senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, former secretary of the church’s management board John Lam and former finance managers Sharon Tan Shao Yuen and Serina Wee. The other two men, Lam and Tan, had their heads shaved while both women had their hair cut into short bobs.
All five appeared in good spirits, nodding and smiling at friends in the gallery.
Tuesday's proceedings are being presided over by a five-judge panel, including Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and Judith Prakash as well as Justices Belinda Ang, Quentin Loh and Chua Lee Ming.
Before this panel, Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair said the prosecution had referred the case to the apex court to resolve two questions of law:
The meaning of the phrase “in the way of his business” and the word “agent”.
Whether directors of companies or their equivalent in societies or charities fall within the meaning of an “agent” under section 409.