Singapore ex-drugs czar rejects sex-for-favours charge

A former head of Singapore's narcotics police admitted at his corruption trial Monday that he had sexual relations with one of his agency's contractors, but denied any wrongdoing.

Former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay (C) and his wife (R) leave during a lunch break after testifying at the Subordinate Courts in Singapore. A former head of Singapore's narcotics police admitted at his corruption trial Monday that he had sexual relations with one of his agency's contractors, but denied any wrongdoing.

"We were having an affair, an extramarital affair," Ng Boon Gay, 46, the former director of the Central Narcotics Bureau, testified in his first appearance on the witness stand at his sex-for-contracts trial.

State prosecutors allege that Ng violated anti-corruption laws by demanding oral sex on four occasions from information technology executive Cecilia Sue, 36, in exchange for helping her win supply contracts from his agency.

But Ng testified Monday that Sue performed oral sex on him 20-30 times and they had full intercourse once over a three-year period.

"There was no force, she was a willing party," said Ng, one of the highest-ranking government officials ever tried for corruption in Singapore.

He denied revealing confidential information about the agency's budget to Sue and said she occasionally picked him up from work in her Mercedes Benz during their affair.

"I do not know why she said it was forced... she was a willing party. Cecilia would sometimes want to initiate these acts, sometimes it will be me, depending on the mood."

High-level corruption cases are rare in Singapore, a corporate and financial centre known for an efficient and well-paid bureaucracy. The case has drawn plenty of interest in the city-state because of lurid sexual details.

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