SINGAPORE (Jan 3): John Soh Chee Wen, the alleged mastermind behind the 2013 penny stock crash, had threatened to “run down the integrity” of witnesses, former abettor-turned-prosecution witness Ken Tai Chee Ming told the court on Friday.

Under cross-examination by Soh’s defence counsel N Sreenivasan of K&L Straits Law, Tai disclosed that he did not reveal the involvement of Dick Gwee in the market manipulation to the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) until 2017 because he wanted to be “fair to John, [Quah] Su-Ling and Dick”.

“I initially covered for him because he is old and if he goes in [to prison] again [he will get] a longer sentence,” explained Tai.

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