It’s looking like a very long judicial and possibly longer prison journey for Kong Hee
Here is a comment I made to a reader’s questions today:
We’re dealing with a cult here, which Phil Pringle of C3 is supporting and advising. Kong Hee’s wife, Sun Ho, was made head pastor by Kong Hee and his leadership team. And yes, it is the plan for Kong Hee to be active leader when he returns from the clink.
This plan may change because Singapore Prosecution are looking to have his original sentence of eight years reinstated and there is a good chance they’ll succeed in another higher court appeal.
Sun Ho should have been charged because she would have known the details of the scam. I haven’t read any official explanation of why she hasn’t been charged.
The relevance of this case is that it demonstrates the folly of these Prosperity Gospel pastors like Brian Houston and Phil Pringle, and it demonstrates how deluded Phil Pringle has become, and how much of a false prophet he is. After all, he prophesied over Kong Hee in the name of the Lord, “Your fair head will not spend one night behind bars”.
Phil Pringle is no more a prophet than the prophets of Baal.
Kong Hee- Singapore asks top court to review showbiz pastor case
The case originally saw the senior pastor given an eight-year jail term for misusing millions in church funds.
The case, which involved raunchy music videos featuring celebrities like rapper Wyclef Jean alongside the wife of City Harvest Church’s leader Kong Hee, originally saw the senior pastor given an eight-year jail term.
But the High Court on Friday halved the 52-year-old’s 2015 sentence for misusing around Sg$50 million ($35.6 million) of congressional money in the failed attempt to turn his wife Sun Ho, also a pastor, into a global pop star.
“The prosecution intends to request that the Court of Appeal exercises its powers… to reinstate the appellants’ original convictions,” the city’s Attorney-General’s Chambers said.
Kong and five other church leaders had their sentences reduced on a technicality, with the 52-year-old senior pastor’s jail term dropping from eight years to three and a half years.
The reduced sentences triggered a storm of criticism, with over 4,000 people commenting on the issue on the Facebook page of local broadsheet The Straits Times.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Shanmugam said the government believed the sentence reduction could have “serious implications” for other corruption cases.
The high-profile case has been described by prosecutors as the largest misappropriation of charity funds in the city-state’s legal history.
Tiny Singapore is one of the world’s most affluent nations and known for its tough stance on corruption.
The six church leaders were originally convicted of fraud for diverting Sg$24 million from the church building fund to help Ho, a Mandarin pop singer, break into the global English-language market.
They were also found guilty of misappropriating another Sg$26 million to cover their tracks with a complex web of sham financial transactions.”