Jun 12, 2013

    Boon Gay's acquittal: No appeal

    THE prosecution is not appealing against the acquittal of former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay, said a statement from the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) yesterday.

    Mr Ng, 46, was acquitted on Feb 14 of four charges of corruptly obtaining oral sex from former sales manager Cecilia Sue Siew Nang in 2011 in exchange for furthering the interests of her companies.

    The prosecution was given until yesterday to appeal.

    In the statement, the AGC said it has decided not to file an appeal after it had "carefully considered" the written grounds of decision issued on May 28.

    Its spokesman pointed out that District Judge (DJ) Siva Shanmugam had agreed with the key submissions of the prosecution where legal principles were concerned.

    Where the facts of the case were concerned, the judge's grounds of decision "stressed his reliance on his personal assessment of the witnesses and their credibility".

    The statement added: "In this regard, none of the learned DJ's findings of fact are of a nature that would in our view necessitate an appeal."

    But Mr Ng, who has been interdicted - or suspended from duty - still faces potential disciplinary proceedings from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

    Disciplinary proceedings against him were suspended pending the decision of the prosecution whether to appeal.

    An MHA spokesman said: "As criminal proceedings have come to a conclusion, the Civil Service Disciplinary Process which had been held in abeyance will now resume.

    "Under the Civil Service disciplinary framework, the officer... will be given an opportunity to be heard. A decision will be made on the case, based on all relevant facts."

    Mr Ng's lawyer, Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng from law firm WongPartnership, told My Paper that it has been an anxious four months since the acquittal, and Mr Ng was "on tenterhooks".

    "I'm sure Boon Gay will be extremely pleased that he can now leave all this behind him and get on with his life," said Mr Tan.

    "Of course, there is still the next hurdle of the disciplinary action, which we will have to deal with in due course."