Twenty-six court cases covering different aspects of the law on corruption in Singapore is the subject of a latest book written by Tan Boon Gin, a former District Judge of the Subordinate Courts.
Tan who is currently Director of Corporate Finance and Enforcement (Capital Markets Department) at the Monetary Authority of Singapore was a specialist in corruption and white collar crime when he was a Deputy Public Prosecutor (“DPP”) at the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
In his book, , Tan uses his vast experience in corruption cases both as DPP and District Judge to lay out the basic principles of the law on corruption and supplements his exposition with excerpts from 26 major court decisions involving cases that were heard in the Subordinate and Supreme Courts from 1970 to 2007. Through innovative classifications, Tan has condensed the law on corruption into manageable pieces and provided order to the numerous cases, thus giving much needed clarity on the law.
In his foreword, The Honourable the Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong said the book “provide[s] legal practitioners with easy and quick access to the basic principles of the law on corruption as laid down in these decisions. The author has done this by identifying and explaining the basic principles applied or established in the factual matrices of the related cases. The analysis also covers some important evidential and procedural aspects of the offence, including statutory presumptions and confessions and admissions of defendants”.
is jointly published by the Subordinate Courts of Singapore and Academy Publishing, a division of the Singapore Academy of Law. Priced at S$40 (exclusive of GST) the book is available at major bookstores in Singapore. Orders can also be placed online via the Singapore Academy of Law website . For more information, call 63324388.
Tan Boon Gin is the Director of Corporate Finance and Enforcement, Capital Markets Department at the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was previously a Justices’ Law Clerk at the Supreme Court and Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, where he specialised in corruption and white collar crime, before leaving to practise at Messrs Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He later served as a District Judge at the Subordinate Courts prior to being seconded to the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is an advocate and solicitor and holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard Law School.
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