Ex-Singapore official charged with sex-related graft

A former top Singapore civil servant was charged in court Wednesday with corruption for allegedly "advancing the business interest" of three women associates in return for sex.

The charge documents obtained by AFP said Peter Lim had sex with the women on separate occasions between May 2010 and November last year in a Paris hotel as well as stadium car parks and golf courses in Singapore, among others.

The three women held senior positions in companies which were providing services to the Singapore Civil Defence Force when Lim was its chief.

If convicted, Lim faces a maximum five-year jail term and a Sg$100,000 ($78,000) fine for each of the 10 graft charges filed against him.

Large-scale graft cases are rare in Singapore, a thriving global financial centre and business hub which enjoys a reputation for being the least corrupt country in Asia.

It pays its civil servants some of the highest government salaries in the world as a deterrent to corruption.

Last year, two senior civil servants were sentenced to 22 years and 15 years in jail, respectively, for their role in one of the worst corruption cases in the country's history.

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