Legal

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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Petition started calling for charges against Jolovan Wham to be dropped

A petition has been started on Change.org calling for the 7 charges brought against activist Jolovan Wham to be dropped. 7 charges were brought against Jolovan under the Public Order Act, Vandalism Act, and the Penal Code. “As an activist, Jolovan has spoken out against detention without trial and has been an untiring and staunch advocate of free speech, as …

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AGC proceeds on charge of contempt of court against Li Shengwu

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has proceeded on its contempt of court case against Mr Li Shengwu. The first pre-trial conference (PTC) took place at the Supreme Court on Monday (13 November). Mr Li, 32, who is the nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the eldest son of Mr Lee Hsien Yang, has appointed lawyer Abraham Vergis of Providence …

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No Innocent Explanation? – Death Row Inmate’s Lawyers use Evidence Adduced by the Prosecution to Seek Inmate’s Second Acquittal

By Ariffin Sha In a twist of Shakespearean proportions,  Mr Eugene Thuraisingam, the lawyer for death row inmate Ilechukwu, has used evidence produced by the Prosecution to argue for his client’s acquittal. The Defence counsel made the case that the results of a psychiatric assessment conducted by one Dr Jaydip Sarkar from Institute of Mental Health (IMH), which was sought …

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