8 Mar 2006

Law Society Rejects Chee's Allegations Against Judiciary

SINGAPORE : The Law Society has responded to allegations by the Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party, Chee Soon Juan, that Singapore's judiciary is not independent in its rulings, especially when they involve opposition politicians.

Dr Chee was charged over these accusations and had asked the Law Society to weigh in.

He made these comments during a bankruptcy hearing.

Responding on Tuesday, the society's president Philip Jeyaretnam rejected these allegations, saying its members' daily experiences in the courts assured it of the judiciary's independence.

He added the Law Society is duty-bound to uphold the rule of law.

That meant it would condemn incursions on judicial independence.

It also means it would condemn unfounded allegations against the judiciary, whether as a whole or as individuals. - CNA /ct

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