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Blogger Roy Ngerng says in his defence that PM's claim for damages is unwarranted

Published on Jun 17, 2014 4:25 PM
Blogger Roy Ngerng at the protest called "Return Our CPF!" at Hong Lim Park on June 7, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Blogger Roy Ngerng has responded to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's statement of claim in an ongoing defamation suit, saying Mr Lee's claim for damages and legal costs is unnecessary and unwarranted.

Mr Ngerng is being sued for defamation for alleging in a May 15 blogpost that Mr Lee - who is also chairman of state investment firm GIC - criminally misappropriated Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings.

Mr Lee's lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, had on May 29 filed a statement of claim against the blogger.

On Tuesday, Mr Ngerng's lawyer M Ravi filed his defence in court stating that Mr Ngerng never intended to accuse Mr Lee of criminal misappropriation of CPF funds.

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