Judge dismisses Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim, PM Lee’s insult fit to go to hearing – Channel NewsAsia

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SINGAPORE: A High Court decider has thrown out a retaliation by blogger Leong Sze Hian opposite Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a insult suit, permitting a defame fit to go to trial.

Justice Aedit Abdullah pronounced in a created visualisation released on Tuesday (Mar 12) that Mr Leong’s retaliation “discloses no recognized means of action, let alone a reasonable one”.

Mr Leong’s counsel Lim Tean had filed a retaliation alleging that PM Lee’s strange defame fit was an abuse of court.

Mr Lee had sued Mr Leong in Nov for shaming him by pity on Facebook an essay alleging that PM Lee had helped his former Malaysian reflection Najib Razak refine income in propinquity to scandal-hit Malaysian state account 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

READ: PM Lee files focus to strike out blogger’s counterclaim

Justice Aedit Abdullah cited a prior preference by a Court of Appeal, where a justice was fatiguing “that a tort of abuse of routine is not recognized in Singapore law”.

The justice had ruled afterwards that this was given “there are plenty authorised mechanisms within a existent manners of polite procession that means trusting parties adequate authorised remedies in a eventuality that there is indeed an abuse of routine by a celebration endangered on a other side”.

“For this reason alone, it is transparent that a interest on this sold emanate contingency destroy simply given … [the appellant’s] explain can't even take off given a authorised basement on that it premises that explain does not exist,” a Court of Appeal had ruled.

Justice Aedit Abdullah pronounced he did not see anything in a Court of Appeal’s visualisation “which leaves room for a tort of abuse of routine to be recognized as a probable control to opposite a injustice of open functions or powers”.

Referring to PM Lee’s strange insult suit, a decider pronounced a benefaction box “involves triable issues” and that it is not gainful for a justice to order “on a doubt of meaning” during this stage.

He supposed that “the use of a offending difference would be material” and pronounced such context can usually be guarded during trial.

“The plaintiff has a estimable repute as a Prime Minister of Singapore,” pronounced a judge.

Justice Aedit Abdullah concurred a line of cases cited by PM Lee substantiating that allegations of crime and rapist control are “very grave charges” generally when done opposite a Prime Minister of a country, and an “attack on a really core of [his] domestic credo” and erode his “moral authority”.

He pronounced he did not accept Mr Leong’s evidence that successive Government statements debunking a Facebook post and essay ensured that no repairs was caused to a plaintiff’s reputation, as this “did not meant that a statements complained of mislaid their insulting outcome thereafter”.

The decider ruled for costs to be awarded to PM Lee for both Mr Leong’s focus to strike out a insult explain and PM Lee’s focus to strike out Mr Leong’s counterclaim.


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