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Re: Koh Seah Wee's Deployment To The Supreme Court

29 December 2010, Singapore – Further investigations by the Commercial Affairs Department (“CAD”) against Koh Seah Wee (“Koh”) have found that Koh may also have committed other offences during his deployment to the Supreme Court, from 11 February 1997 to 20 July 2004, as an IT Consultant in the Computer Information Systems Department.

In September 2010, the Supreme Court received a request by the CAD for assistance with their investigations into whether Koh might have committed any wrongdoing during his deployment to the Supreme Court. Since then, the Supreme Court has been facilitating the investigations.

The Attorney-General’s Chambers will present further charges to the court soon and the particulars are as follows. It is alleged that during his deployment to the Supreme Court, Koh was involved in the process for the procurement of IT equipment, software, consumables and services. It is also alleged that in recommending the award of contracts to business entities, Koh had concealed from the Supreme Court the fact that he was involved in the management of such business entities and had a share in their profits. It is further alleged that by reason of such concealment, the Supreme Court was induced to award contracts to these business entities.

Koh will be charged by the Attorney-General’s Chambers with 63 counts of cheating on 30 December 2010, in relation to the above activities committed during his deployment to the Supreme Court.

In addition, an Independent Review Panel, chaired by a High Court Judge and comprising senior officers from two other government bodies, has been established in October 2010. The Panel has been tasked, amongst other things, to review the Supreme Court’s procurement processes and related internal controls, as well as make recommendations for improvements to such processes and controls.

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For media queries, please contact:
 
Mr Nigel Sim
Deputy Director
Corporate Communications
Supreme Court
Tel: (65) 6332 4438
Email: nigel_sim@supcourt.gov.sg  

Ms Chew Chien Way
Assistant Director
Corporate Communications
Supreme Court
Tel: (65) 6332 1065
Email: chew_chien_way@supcourt.gov.sg

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