Coach Chow Kwai Lam Claims Trial To Bribery Charge.
Chow, 63, appeared briefly in chambers during a pre-trial conference at the Subordinate Court, accompanied by two of his counsel, Hamidul Haq and Intekhab Khan.
Hamidul told Bernama that his client was claiming trial and that the judge had set hearing for Jan 3 to 5.
Chow was charged on Aug 16 with corruptly offering a gratification of between S$200 and S$300 (RM460 and RM690) and a further unspecified amount of cash to Zulkifli Zainolabidin, who was a first choice goalkeeper with Paya Lebar-Punggol FC.
According to the charge, the gratification was an inducement to intentionally allow the opposing team to score two or three goals in the S-League match between Paya Lebar-Punggol FC and Home United FC on June 16, 2005.
The charge was framed under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. If convicted, Chow could face a maximum of five years in prison, be fined up to S$100,000 (RM230,000), or both.
Chow has maintained he is innocent and vowed to clear his name in court.
-- By Jackson Sawatan (BERNAMA)