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Focus of attention should not be on Jolovan Wham refused to sign his statement but that the police refused to give him a copy of his own words

The headlines have loudly declared that activist Jolovan Wham refused to sign his police statement in the media reports of his court hearing. Wham faces two charges for allegedly organising an assembly without a permit under the Public Order Act on 26 Nov and refusing to sign the statement made to police. While it is a fact that he refused to …

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Fair Trial – Right to Trial by Jury

by Varatharajah Rajaselvan I aver that the summary abrogation of the 'right to trial by jury' is the root cause of the consequential erosion of an accused's 'right of defence', and other impediments in general to the CPC [Criminal Procedure Code]. The repeal of the legal process of the jury-trial procedure in post-independence '60s, is an anachronism that has impaired …

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Judging the judicary – The Unsaid and the Unsayable

by Teo Soh Lung We had a very interesting lecture on the above subject by Dr Kevin Tan yesterday. Many of us who blog don’t really spend a lot of time on the words we use online. Even if we are exceedingly cautious as Alex Au was, there is no guarantee that we will not get into trouble with the …

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Uber and Grab may face unwinding of merger and financial penalties, warns consumer watchdog

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) is pushing for the unwinding of the merger between Grab and Uber here, after a three-month review. The Uber-Grab merger will potentially become the first merger to be ordered to unwind in Singapore, according to TODAY Online. Concerns over Grab’s anti-competition practices and monopoly of the ride-hailing market in Singapore were raised …

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Procedural amendments of laws against “vexatious litigants” redundant, says human rights lawyer

International Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi has voiced his disagreement with the Ministry of Law's proposal to impose more stringent procedures in granting courts greater authority in controlling "vexatious" proceedings. "Vexatious" proceedings refer to proceedings that are brought upon in court without sufficient grounds for winning, usually to cause annoyance to the defendant. In a release on the proposed amendments …

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Former AG criticises Govt for not prosecuting Keppel management in 1995 bribery case

Former Attorney-General Walter Woon wrote an article, which was published in ST today ('Punishing corporate corruption', 30 Apr), criticising the government for not prosecuting the Keppel management involved in the 1995 bribery case. In June 1995, Keppel was cited in a UK probe into a bribery scandal involving an Exxon subsidiary's employee. The person, Cornelius Van der Horst, who handled …

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Singapore Court of Appeal clarifies certain aspects of personal consumption defence to abetment of drug trafficking

by Guo Rendi On 5th March 2018 (Monday), a three-judge Court of Appeal – comprising Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang and Judge of Appeal Judith Prakash – dismissed the appeals of three men – Ali bin Mohamad Bahashwan, Selamat bin Paki and Ragunath Nair A/L Janartanan – against their convictions and sentences for drug trafficking, arising …

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SDP to former Minister and Keppel’s Board Chair Lee Boon Yang: Resign

The SDP has released a statement expressing disbelief and skepticism that the board of directors of Keppel did not know about the bribes that were paid in Brazil. "If this is the case, then the entire board should resign for dereliction of duty because overseeing a company's executives and their activities is precisely what board directors are supposed to do", says the statement. The …

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