Singapore Vows ’Strong Measures’ as Anti-Graft Officer Charged

Singapore will take “strong measures to tighten up processes” after a senior anti-graft official was charged in the city-state’s latest corruption case involving public service staff.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed an independent review panel to probe alleged financial impropriety by an assistant director at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office posted on the government’s website today.

Edwin Yeo, who worked 15 years at the anti-graft agency, was today charged with 21 counts including misappropriating S$1.7 million ($1.3 million), corruption and fraud, according to police charge sheets. The 39-year-old was suspended from work in September. The case comes after the nation’s former civil defense chief was jailed over sex-for-contracts.

“PMO is examining whether any supervisory lapses may have contributed to this incident. If so, it will take action against the officers responsible,” Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in the statement. “As there have been a number of high profile cases recently, the public is understandably concerned about whether this reflects systemic issues.”

Yeo, who isn’t represented by a lawyer, didn’t enter a plea in court, according to the Straits Times newspaper.

The criminal case is Public Prosecutor v Yeo Seow Hiong Edwin. DAC028332-DAC028352/2013. Singapore Subordinate Courts.

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