Picture of James Hong: Albert Chua/The Edge Singapore

It has been over a month since John Soh Chee Wen — the alleged mastermind of the 2013 penny stock saga — took the witness
stand. Throughout this time, he has stuck to his stance of not having given trading instructions, as he sought to push back against the testimonies and accounts made in court earlier in the trial by witnesses called to the stand by the prosecution.

At one point during his examination-in-chief, when shown a series of trading records by his lawyer N Sreenivasan of K&L Gates Straits Law, Soh went as far as to say: “Where are my instructions? Where are Su-Ling’s instructions?” 

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