15 Nov 2006

FEER fails in attempt to move defamation case out of Singapore

By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 15 November 2006 1902 hrs

SINGAPORE: The Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) has failed in its attempt to argue that the Singapore Courts do not have the jurisdiction to hear defamation suits filed against it by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

Both leaders are suing the magazine for defamation over an article published in its July/August 2006 issue.

The hearing was held before an assistant registrar of the High Court and in Chambers.

FEER also argued that the papers, which were tendered in court by the lawyers for the Prime Minister and Minister Mentor, were not in order.

This claim was also dismissed by the High Court.

It is understood that the lawyers for the magazine are appealing against the assistant registrar's rulings.

Meanwhile, FEER has been ordered to pay costs of S$24,000 for Wednesday's hearing.

Both the Prime Minister and Minister Mentor are being defended by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh. - CNA/so


Anonymous said...

Why do they even bother, everyone single person in Singapore already knows the decision and the reasons why.

Anonymous said...

What else is new with defamation cases of this kind in Singapore?
The predictable verdict is already written stamped and seal in an envelope. Why waste time to going through the charade of a trial?

Anonymous said...

"Why do they even bother, everyone single person in Singapore already knows the decision and the reasons why."

Cus have to cho hee for the 66.6% to tell them "Your gahmen is very good and powderful!" ....

Anonymous said...

Relax people. This is just the beginning. This is just the first salvo. The good show is coming later.

Anonymous said...

i tot FEER isnt a local journal? wat can lee do to them and y should it even bother at all or "pay costs of 24k"?

Anonymous said...

Thats right, be like CSJ and gang,
boycott the hearing because they know whats the verdict is going to be . FEER has no assets or circulation or assets in Sin. Whatever the judgement or cost just don't pay up and see whether they can bring it up to HK courts,
where jundges are definity more independant than our kangeroos.

Anonymous said...

The Lees want a fight on home turf - they got it.