Hin Leong founder O.K. Lim handed 23 more charges

O.K. Lim (in wheelchair) arriving in court on Friday morning with his lawyer Mr Navin Thevar (left).
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Singapore's prosecutor on Friday filed 23 more charges in court against Lim Oon Kuin, the founder of collapsed oil trading firm Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd.

Singapore police last year charged the 79-year-old former oil tycoon, better known as O.K. Lim, with two counts of abetment of forgery for the purpose of cheating.

Lim turned up in court on Friday after three previous attempts by the Singapore prosecution to get him to appear in court for the additional charges to be read out to him.

Wearing a black cap, brown jacket, light-coloured shirt and black pants, the frail-looking Lim arrived in a van and had to be supported into a wheelchair. His head hung down most of the time and he did not respond to any questions posed by a Reuters reporter before he left the court.

The prosecutor told the court that the prosecution needs another six weeks for further investigation. The next court hearing is scheduled for June 24.

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Owned by O.K. Lim and his children Evan Lim and Lim Huey Ching, Hin Leong was set up in 1973 and was once one of Asia's top oil traders. The company failed in a year-long effort to restructure about $3.5 billion (S$4.6 million) in debt after the Covid-19-led oil crash laid bare huge losses.

Lim admitted in a court document last year to directing the firm not to disclose hundreds of millions of dollars in losses over several years.

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