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