PM Lee asks courts to decide damages in defamation suit without full trial
Published on Jul 11, 2014 5:59 PM
SINGAPORE - 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 Mr 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, Mr Lee's lawyer Davinder Singh argued that it is within the jurisdiction of the courts to rule in favour of Mr Lee at this stage of the case since, Mr Ngerng has "no defence". He added that "the only issue to be determined is damages".
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