SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) law professor embroiled in sex-for-grades allegations appeared in court yesterday afternoon to withdraw his application to leave the country.
Tey Tsun Hang’s lawyer Peter Low told the court that, two nights ago, Tey was informed by the university that, as he had been suspended from active duty, NUS “will not approve his sabbatical leave or leave for academic or other purposes”.
“NUS is (also) not able to support his application to leave jurisdiction to teach at Hong Kong University”, said Mr Low.
Tey was supposed to teach at the Hong Kong University from September to May next year. He had made plans and arrangements for the sabbatical since last May, added Mr Low. In March, the law faculty confirmed that approval had been given for Tey.
Yesterday, Tey read out a statement in Mandarin to reporters before he entered court, saying he would do his utmost to defend against the charges which he strongly believes have no legal basis. He also requested for fair reporting by the media.
Tey, 41, a former district judge, is alleged to have given his former student Darinne Ko Wen Hui better grades between May and July 2010, in return for sex on two occasions.
Besides allegedly receiving a S$740 Mont Blanc pen and tailor-made shirts, Ko also allegedly paid for one of Tey’s bills amounting to almost S$1,300.
Tey’s next court hearing is scheduled for Aug 23. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail and a fine of up to S$100,000.