Hong Lim Park protest court case: Next pre-trial conference to be held on Dec 15

(From left) Mr Goh Aik Huat, Mr Roy Ngerng, Ms Low Wai Choo, Ms Han Hui Hui, Mr Koh Yew Beng and their lawyer Mr Ravi, arriving at the State Courts on Monday, Nov 24, 2014. The pre-trial conference for the case involving six people charged with
(From left) Mr Goh Aik Huat, Mr Roy Ngerng, Ms Low Wai Choo, Ms Han Hui Hui, Mr Koh Yew Beng and their lawyer Mr Ravi, arriving at the State Courts on Monday, Nov 24, 2014. The pre-trial conference for the case involving six people charged with committing a public nuisance act at Hong Lim Park on Sept 27 has been adjourned to Dec 15. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A pre-trial conference at the State Courts on Monday for the case involving six people charged with committing a public nuisance act at Hong Lim Park on Sept 27 has been adjourned to Dec 15.

The six were charged last month . Two among them, activist Han Hui Hui and blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, were also charged with organising a demonstration without approval.

Asked after Monday's closed-door hearing whether the six will enter a plea - having not done so when they were first charged - lawyer M Ravi told reporters that there has been no indication yet from his clients.

He also declined to comment further when asked for further updates about the case, and an appeal which Han sent to National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan against a National Parks Board decision not to allow her to hold events at Hong Lim Park while her case is ongoing.

Aside from Han, 23, and Ngerng, 33, the other four who each face a charge of being a public nuisance are Janet Low Wai Choo, 54; Chua Siew Leng, 42; Goh Aik Huat, 41; and Ivan Koh Yew Beng, 59.

All except for Chua turned up for the pre-trial conference on Monday. They sat in the viewing gallery in the court while Mr Ravi attended the meeting in chambers. Also present in the gallery were five supporters, including blogger Leong Sze Hian.

Han again wore the outfit that she had on when she was charged last month: an all-white outfit paired with white spectacles, a white hairband and white shoes.

The six were accused of disrupting the YMCA Proms @ The Park event at Hong Lim Park on Sept 27, which was held at the same time as a "Return Our CPF" rally organised by Han.

A person guilty of being a public nuisance can be fined up to $1,000. Organising a demonstration without approval carries a maximum fine of $5,000. The law requires anyone wanting to organise a demonstration to get approval from the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

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