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    Dec 16, 2014

    Court allows more defendants in rich widow's case

    THE niece of a wealthy widow has been granted permission by the High Court to sue not just former China tour guide Yang Yin and his wife, but also his parents and previous bailor.

    Yesterday, the court allowed Hedy Mok - niece of Chung Khin Chun - to include Yang's wife, Weng Yandan, and his parents, Yang Sannan and He Xianglan, as parties to the suit. His previous bailor, Ong Gek Lie, who paid $15,000 to bail Yang out when he was arrested in September, has been included as a defendant.

    The next closed-door hearing for the suit is set for Jan 13. This is the latest development to take place between Yang and Madam Mok, who are embroiled in a legal tussle over 87-year-old Madam Chung's estimated $40 million in assets.

    Earlier, Madam Mok took legal action against Yang to recover damages for allegedly manipulating her aunt into handing over her assets and for breaching his duties as her guardian under the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

    The LPA granted to him in 2012 has since been revoked.

    Apart from the civil suit, Yang faces 334 charges for immigration offences and faking receipts made to his company, Young Music and Dance Studio.