UPDATED 21 September 2012
Former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) commissioner Peter Lim will face only one out of the initial 10 corruption charges against him for now, according to one of his lawyers.
The charge involves him obtaining sexual gratification from Nimrod Engineering's Pang Chor Mui in exchange for favouring her company in IT-related tenders called by the SCDF.
The remaining nine counts have been stood down, Hamidul Haq, one of Lim’s lawyers, told Yahoo! Singapore after the pre-trial conference with prosecutors on Friday.
Lim, who was not present in the court on Friday, is likely to claim trial next January, said his lawyers.
The 52-year-old former government scholar was charged in June with 10 counts of corruption in a sex-for-contracts scandal involving three women.
Lim, who is married, was alleged to have had sex with the women on 10 different occasions between May 2010 and November 2011.
His family members were said to be fully behind him.
If found guilty, he could be jailed up to five years and fined $100,000 for each charge.
Scenes of rioting in Singapore’s Little India district on Sunday evening may have raised fears about safety and social harmony in the city-state, but police and civil defence authorities have also won praise from the public for the handling of the rare incident. …