16 Mar 2006

SDP chief Chee found in contempt of court

Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 16 March 2006 1753 hrs

By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan has been found guilty of contempt of court.

The ruling was made by Justice Lai Siu Chiu at the end of the hearing on Thursday.

She has deferred sentencing till Friday to give both Dr Chee and his lawyer another chance to reply to points raised by the Attorney General.

Both of them failed to do so today.

The Attorney General had taken action against Dr Chee after he made a statement about the independence of the Singapore judiciary on February 10 during a hearing on his bankruptcy before an assistant registrar.

Arguing the case for the Attorney General was Second Solicitor General Lee Seiu Kin.

He told the court Dr Chee had scandalised the entire Singapore judiciary by alleging that it was biased and unfair, and that it acted at the instance of the government or conspired with the government in cases involving opposition politicians.

Dr Chee had also insinuated that judges were controlled by the government and were liable to be removed from the Bench if they were perceived to be lenient towards opposition politicians.

During the hearing, the SDP leader, who was given an opportunity to make his statement, spent much of the time referring to defamation cases he and other opposition politicians had faced in the Singapore courts to substantiate his claim about the independence of the country's judiciary.

At one point, the Judge had to intervene, urging Dr Chee not to turn the court of law into an election rally.

Before adjourning for the day, Justice Lai said the hearing was a chance for Dr Chee to show cause as to why he should not be cited for contempt of court.

But she ruled there was no basis for her not to grant an order.

The court will sit again on Friday at 10am to allow Dr Chee and his lawyer to reply to points raised by the Second Solicitor General, before sentence is passed. - CNA /ct

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Anonymous said...

Human Rights! Is Sg just like this?

"Phuntsog Nyidron, the last of the Drapchi 14 nuns to be released from prison, just arrived in San Francisco on a plane from Beijing. Only two months ago, many of you participated in an action alert, calling on the Chinese authorities to allow her to travel abroad to receive proper medical treatment. Although Phuntsog Nyidron was officially released from the notorious Drapchi prison in 2004, she has been under house arrest and suffering from debilitating health problems caused from torture she received during her 15 years in prison. She has been released into the custody of the International Campaign for Tibet, and was greeted at the airport by her former cell-mate Ngawang Sangdrol.

Thank you to each of you who took action on Phuntsog Nyidron's behalf. Her arrival in the United States, once again, demonstrates that our efforts are being heard by the Chinese authorities and are having an impact on the ground inside Tibet!

To read more about Phuntsog Nyidron's release and the Drapchi 14 nuns, click here.

For a free Tibet,
Lhadon, Kate, Matt, Tendor, Han and the SFT HQ crew"

Anonymous said...

To read more about Phuntsog Nyidron's release and the Drapchi 14 nuns, please click: http://studentsforafreetibet.org/article.php?id=841

Anonymous said...

Using data from the three waves of the World Values Surveys, which include 65 societies and 75% of the world's population, Ronald Inglehart and Wayne E Bakar find evidence that a syndrome of trust, tolerance, subjective well-being, political activism and self-expression that emerges in postindustrial societies with high levels of security. At the opposite extreme, people in societies shaped by insecurity and low levels of well-being, tend to emphasize above all other goals, and feel threatened by foreigners, by ethic diversity ad by cultural change. This leads to an intolerance of gays and ohter outgroups, an insistence on traditional gender roles and an authoritarian political outlook.

Aren't we belong to the latter society?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it shld read as: .....tend to emphasize ECONOMIC AND PHYSICAL SECURITY above all other goals, and feel threatened by foreigners, ....

Anonymous said...

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