Founder of Healing the Divide files judicial review against Attorney General Chambers

Founder of Healing the Divide, Iris Koh files Judicial Review against Attorney General Chambers (AGC) for intervening in her Magistrate Complaint appeal against Police Officers who mishandled her evidence.

Ms Koh had expressed her concern that fraudulent evidence could have been planted in her electronic device. After the acceptance of the appeal by the Court, the AGC informed her that they would discontinue her appeal.

Ms Koh wrote on a fundraising page, “It’s about something much bigger: the rule of law, and the idea that no individual or authority should be above it.”

Lim Tean: Absurd for the Prosecution to have only asked for a S$5000 fine for Karl Liew

Mr Lim Tean, in his opinion piece, highlights the severity of Karl Liew’s perjury in the Parti Liyani trial. He notes that if it were not for her lawyer’s courage and Justice Chan Seng Onn’s good sense, Parti Liyani could have served a lengthy prison sentence.

He also highlights the financial losses and mental anguish that Parti Liyani and her family have suffered due to her trials and tribulations. He criticizes the lenient prosecution of Karl Liew, who was fined $5,000 for his perjury, and questions why his charge was reduced from the more serious Section 193 charge to the less serious Section 182 charge.

Mr Lim argues that the 14-day prison sentence handed down by District Judge Eugene Teo is still not commensurate with the seriousness of the offence, citing the examples of Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken, who were both sentenced to imprisonment for perjury.

District Judge says prosecution’s submission on Karl Liew’s sentencing reads like mitigation

Karl Liew, the son of former Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong, was sentenced to two weeks in jail for providing false evidence during the trial of Ms Parti Liyani, a migrant domestic worker who was initially convicted of stealing items worth S$50,856 belonging to Liew Mun Leong and his family — out of which S$46,856 worth of items were declared to have been stolen by Karl.

Karl was charged for falsely claiming that two pieces of clothing found in Parti’s possession belonged to him and making a false statement to a police officer that he had discovered 119 pieces of clothing belonging to him in boxes packed by Parti.

DJ Teo noted that his judgement would be limited to the two charges bought before him as the prosecution has focused only on a small segment of Karl’s testimony at the hearing in State Court and charged Karl Liew for having knowingly offered up false evidence in court in respect of that small segment.

The sentencing judge noted that Karl’s false testimony could have resulted in a wrongful conviction of Parti and emphasized the importance of upholding the integrity of the justice system.

The judge also observed that the prosecution’s submission read like mitigation for the accused, which the defense copied wholesale. The prosecution had sought the maximum fine of S$5,000, but the judge ruled that imprisonment was necessary for such cases.

With remission, Karl is expected to serve nine days out of the two weeks in jail.

Court orders Terry Xu to pay S$30k fine and costs for publishing letter addressed to Chief Justice regarding Attorney-General’s Chambers

On Thursday, the High Court ordered Terry Xu, the editor of TOC, to pay a fine of S$18,000 for the publication of an article under the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act and S$12,000 of costs awarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

The offending article is an open letter addressed to Singapore’s Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and written by Julie O’Connor, a former Singapore Permanent Resident, in 2021.

In the written judgement by Justice Hoo Sheau Peng, it is ruled that the article suggested that Singapore’s legal system favoured those who had money, power, or connections with judges, that judges were not selected for their courage to seek or determine the truth, and that the courts were complicit with the AGC in the political persecution of certain people.

While Xu argued that the criticism was directed only at the AGC and not the Judiciary, Justice Hoo rejected this argument, stating that the “system of justice” necessarily included the Judiciary.

The public prosecutors have earlier asked for a fine of S$20,000 and around S$18,000 for costs, while Mr Lim asked for a fine of S$3,000 and no cost in consideration of public interest.

The judge said that she was of the view that a fine of S$18,000 is an appropriate sentence in light of precedents of Jolovan Wham, Alex Au and John Tan, who were fined between $5,000 to $8000 and where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s nephew, Li Shengwu was previously fined $15,000 for a private Facebook post that he made.

Justice Hoo wrote that Xu’s offending conduct is more egregious than that of the other contemnors and therefore warrants a higher sentence than those cases.

The fine has to be paid within four weeks. In default of payment of the fine, a term of ten days’ imprisonment will be imposed.

AGC denies consent for private prosecution of perjury by former NUS student against SMU president

Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) denies consent for a private prosecution against Singapore Management University President Prof Lily Kong for alleged perjury in a 2006 court case.

The case involved a former National University of Singapore (NUS) student who claimed a miscarriage of justice occurred due to Prof. Kong’s conduct.

Human Rights Lawyer M Ravi seeks public support to pay personal cost orders for representation of death row inmates

Human Rights Lawyer M Ravi is appealing for public support after the Singapore Attorney General rejected the request to waive the adverse personal cost of S$11,400 ordered against Ms Violet Netto and himself in the representation of three death row inmates. They have till 14 March to raise the sum to pay the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Man ordered to pay more in legal costs than damages awarded for wrongful imprisonment

Mah Kiat Seng, who was wrongfully arrested and jailed in 2017 on the basis of mental illness, has been ordered to pay the Attorney-General (AG) approximately S$28,860 in net legal costs, which is S$8,860 out of his own pocket when factoring the damage compensation of S$20,000 awarded to him. This comes after the AG was … Read more

Can we trust the words of prosecutors, police officers, civil servants and their witnesses at face-value?

SINGAPORE — A man who was wrongly imprisoned for less than a day in 2017 was awarded S$20,000 by the High Court last month for damages after the presiding judge found that a Singapore Police Force (SPF) officer had “acted in bad faith in apprehending” the man. Mah Kiat Seng, the man who was wrongfully … Read more

AGC asked to explain purposes of 68 private letters of inmates illegitimately forwarded to prosecutors

SINGAPORE — The hearing for the appeal of a civil suit by 13 prisoners at the Court of Appeal against the Attorney-General (AG) was adjourned after the Chief Justice had instructed additional information to be provided by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). The 13 prisoners, 12 of whom are on death row, had filed a joint … Read more

AGC asking for S$20,000 fine in contempt of court charge against Terry Xu for republishing letter by a former PR

by Teo Soh Lung SINGAPORE — At this morning’s hearing before Justice Hoo Sheau Peng in the High Court, Public Prosecutor Kristy Tan and her colleagues claimed that Terry Xu who was the editor-in-chief of The Online Citizen (TOC) committed contempt of court when he reposted an open letter addressed to Singapore’s Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon … Read more