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Published: Saturday July 12, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday July 12, 2014 MYT 7:48:21 AM

Singapore PM seeks summary judgment in defamation suit

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has made an application for the High Court to rule in his favour in his defamation suit against blogger Roy Ngerng, without going through a full trial.

Lawyer M. Ravi, who is representing Roy Ngerng, disclosed this in an e-mail message to the press about Lee’s application for a summary judgment.

A summary judgment is a procedure whereby a plaintiff claims that the defendant has no case and seeks judgment in his favour without a trial.

In the application, Lee’s lawyer Davinder Singh argued that it is within the jurisdiction of the courts to rule in favour of Lee at this stage of the case since Ngerng has “no defence”. He added that “the only issue to be determined is damages”.

The senior counsel asked the court to issue a provisional decision on how much damages Lee should receive.

He also asked the court to ban the continued publication or dissemination of the offending blog posts containing the allegation that Lee had criminally misappropriated Central Provident Fund savings.

Ngerng, 33, is being sued for defamation after alleging that Lee had criminally misappropriated CPF savings in a May 15 blog post. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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