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Court hears City Harvest Church member's application to hire Queen's Counsel

Published on Mar 4, 2013 1:01 PM
 
Chew Eng Han, investment manager of City Harvest Church, leaving the Subordinate Courts after a pre-trial conference on Aug 30 2012. He faces 10 criminal charges over the alleged misuse of church funds. A hearing started on Monday to look into Chew's application for an elite British lawyer to defend him. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A hearing started on Monday to look into City Harvest Church member Chew Eng Han's application for an elite British lawyer to defend him. The case, however, was adjourned barely an hour into the hearing.

Justice V K Rajah told Chew's lawyer that the case was a "simple one" involving questions of fact, and not one with "complex legal issues". On that basis, he could not understand Chew's need for a Queen's Counsel (QC) to defend him.

He was also not entirely convinced that QC Caplan Jonathan Michael, whom Chew was looking to hire, had the required expertise in local statutes and trial processes here. He also felt that Chew had not given enough information in his affidavit to show that he had made "conscientious efforts" to contact other counsel to represent him.

Chew's lawyers have been given an hour to further consolidate their arguments and furnish the court additional information. The hearing resumes at noon.

 
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