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Monday June 18, 2012

AGC explains Ku’s case

THE Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has released a statement outlining the reasons behind the charges pursued against Dr Woffles Wu.

Dr Wu was charged with abetting his employee Kuan Yit Wah to give false information to the police about the commission of speeding offences in 2005 and 2006.

The AGC noted that it was Kuan, not Dr Wu, who had given the false information to the police. It also said that there was no evidence of Dr Wu giving payment or gratification to Kuan.

Kuan, 82, was given a stern warning. Dr Wu was fined the maximum S$1,000 (RM2,400) under the Road Traffic Act.

The AGC said Dr Wu could not have been charged under the Penal Code for intentionally perverting the course of justice, because he committed his offence before the relevant section in the Code was enacted in 2008.

The charge would be calibrated to reflect the seriousness of the criminal act and situation, said the AGC.

It will also depend on whether there was a specific law dealing with the criminal act, or if the prosecution would have to rely on general legislation like the Penal Code.

As there was no major accident or injury, it was considered appropriate to charge Dr Wu under the Road Traffic Act, said the AGC, noting that this was how offences of this nature were generally dealt with prior to the Penal Code’s 2008 revision.

On Saturday, Law Minister K. Shanmugam said the fine appeared to be within the norm of usual sentences. He also noted that Dr Wu had committed his offence before the Penal Code was tightened.

He had also refuted the widespread rumour that Dr Wu got a ‘lenient’ fine because he is wealthy.

Shanmugam said this was factually inaccurate and that nobody was above the law. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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