Former City Harvest leaders do not qualify for home detention: Shanmugam

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee was convicted of funneling millions in church funds into the pop music career of his wife Ho Yeow Sun. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

The former City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders who were convicted of criminal breach of trust do not qualify for home detention, but the Commissioner of Prisons has the final say on the matter, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in Parliament on Monday (19 March).

Under the home detention scheme, offenders can serve part of their sentence at home while wearing an electronic tag and under strict curfew.

The six CHC leaders were handed jail terms ranging from seven months to three and a half years for misappropriating $50 million in church funds. Kong Hee, John Lam, Serina Wee and Tan Ye Peng are currently serving their jail terms.

Sharon Tan has finished serving her sentence, while Chew Eng Han was recently arrested for attempting to flee Singapore and will face fresh charges.

In February, John Lam’s lawyer wrote to prison authorities to allow Lam serve out his jail term under the home detention scheme.

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