Parti Liyani case: Investigations into Karl Liew for lying under oath completed - Shanmugam

Wan Ting Koh
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Items that were allegedly stolen by Parti Liyani from Karl Liew. (PHOTOS: Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics)
Items that Karl Liew had alleged were stolen by Parti Liyani. (PHOTOS: Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics)

SINGAPORE — The son of Liew Mun Leong has been investigated by the police for criminal offences, including for lying under oath in relation to the case involving his family’s former maid, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Wednesday (4 November).

A statement on the actions of Karl Liew will be issued on Wednesday evening, Shanmugam revealed while delivering the ministerial statement on Parti Liyani’s case in Parliament.

While testifying in Parti’s trial in the State Courts after the maid was accused of stealing from his family, Karl Liew claimed that he owned some items including a Gucci wallet and a Braun Buffel wallet that had been found amongst items that Parti had intended to ship home. Among the other items found, he claimed that a Helix watch was a gift from his father and that he had bought a pink knife before 2002. He also claimed to have bought a bedsheet from the UK.

However, Karl Liew’s evidence on these items was disbelieved by the High Court during the appeal stage. His father denied owning the Helix watch, and the pink knife was determined to have likely been manufactured after 2002. Karl Liew’s wife denied having seen the bedsheet in her room or her bed, and the bedsheet had a same pattern as a quilt cover bearing an IKEA label.

When questioned about certain female clothing allegedly stolen by Parti, Karl Liew also claimed that these belonged to him and that he sometimes wore female T-shirts.

He also claimed a damaged Gerald Genta watch was valued at $25,000 despite the fact that its strap was broken and it had a missing button-knob. A defence witness later valued the watch at $500 due to its defects.

On Karl Liew’s evidence, Shanmugam noted that the High Court had found his claims suspect as no family member could recall giving him the wallets as gifts.

While the State Courts decide to accept some parts of Karl Liew’s evidence during the trial, the High Court viewed Karl Liew as an unreliable witness and disregarded his evidence.

Statements have since been taken from Karl Liew on whether these items had been in his possession, and on his inconsistent positions on these items.

Due to the case, AGC has decided to “seriously consider” follow-up investigations if the judgement or a court decision issued were to indicate there may have been perjury or other serious offences, Shanmugam said.

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