Singapore 

PM Lee will testify in court if defamation suit against TOC editor goes to trial, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will testify in court if his defamation suit against the chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC) goes to trial. PM Lee’s press secretary Chang Li Lin said this in a statement on Tuesday night (Sept 10) in response to media queries. The Prime Minister had filed the suit against Mr Terry Xu because the allegations in an Aug 15 article published by TOC are “completely false”, she noted. “His siblings can decide, together with Mr Xu, whether they too will testify and…

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Singapore 

Kim Lim’s husband charged in court with gambling offence, Singapore News

A 29-year-old man, Kho Bin Kai, was charged in court last month with assisting in remote gambling. Chinese language newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported he is the husband of socialite Kim Lim. Court documents state that Kho had allegedly assisted in remote gambling between July 15 and July 27 this year. He allegedly did so under the instructions of “Ah Leong”. Kho had allegedly issued an online account “KBT12” under a website, which was a remote gambling service, to a person named Tan Chun Yong. Kho could also face…

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Singapore 

Warrant of arrest issued after man allegedly linked to Orchard Towers murder skips court appearance, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A warrant of arrest has been issued against a man allegedly linked to the Orchard Towers murder after he failed to turn up in court on Thursday (Aug 29). Tan Hong Sheng, 22, was one of seven people originally charged with the murder of Mr Satheesh Noel Gobidass, 31, who died following a brawl on July 2 this year. The others are: Natalie Siow Yu Zhen, 22; Loo Boon Chong, 25; Tan Sen Yang, 27; Joel Tan Yun Sheng, 26; Chan Jia Xing, 26; and Ang Da Yuan,…

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Singapore 

Court of Appeal upholds acquittal of man accused of raping lover’s daughter, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Court of Appeal on Thursday (Aug 8) upheld the acquittal of a 59-year-old man who was accused of raping his lover’s teenage daughter, saying that “troubling” aspects of his accuser’s account had raised reasonable doubt as to whether he had committed the offences. In April 2017, the man was cleared by the High Court of all sexual offences against his lover’s daughter. She claimed that he had driven her to a forested area in Punggol in a prime mover and raped her on two occasions and molested…

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China 

Donald Trump should court China’s reformers, former Obama diplomat says

The United States would stand a better chance of tempering growing trade tensions with China if it tapped forces there who are pushing for economic reform, America’s former top diplomat for East Asian issues said.The administration of President Donald Trump has prioritised “undercutting” the world’s second-biggest economy instead of communicating properly and clouded the chances of China accommodating US interests, Daniel Russel, vice-president at the Asia Society Policy Institute – who served… Source link

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Singapore 

Honestbee faces $6m of demands, owes at least $289m: Court documents, Singapore News

Honestbee has received demands from creditors claiming S$6 million, and owes about US$209 million (S$289 million) to its largest creditors, the embattled grocery startup revealed in an affidavit filed at a Singapore High Court pre-trial conference on Tuesday morning. The startup, which is asking the court for a six-month moratorium to restructure its debt, also has outstanding leases for three units at Boon Leat Terrace for its supermarket habitat and its premises at Blk 2 Tampines Logis Park, according to the documents, which confirmed an earlier report by Vulcan Post on…

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Singapore 

Honestbee applies for court protection from creditors owed over $247m; lays off another 38 staff, Business, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Troubled retail start-up Honestbee has submitted an application to the High Court to commence a court-supervised restructuring process as it seeks six months of reprieve from creditors it owes over US$180 million (S$247.7 million) to. The application was submitted with the intention of proposing a scheme of arrangement to restructure its liabilities and to seek a moratorium against enforcement actions and legal proceedings, Honestbee said in a statement on Friday (Aug 2). The firm’s actions were taken to “protect and preserve the value of its businesses while it…

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Singapore 

Aloysius Pang’s case: Two SAF servicemen to be charged in military court in relation to the death of actor, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Two soldiers who were in the cabin of a howitzer artillery gun with the late actor Aloysius Pang will be charged in military court on Wednesday (July 31), said the Ministry of Defence.  They are Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen, Military Expert 2 (ME2) Ivan Teo, 35, and Third Sergeant (NS) Hubert Wah, 31. ME2 Teo will face three charges: one charge of disobedience of general orders under the SAF Act, and two charges of causing death by negligent act under the Penal Code. A serviceman convicted of disobedience of…

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Convoy fraud: Roy Cho could face seven years in jail after case is referred to District Court

Roy Cho Kwai-chee, the alleged mastermind in the fraud involving independent Hong Kong financial advisory firm Convoy Global holdings, could face longer jail time along with two associates, after a magistrate on Wednesday referred the case to the District Court, a higher court that can impose jail sentences of up to seven years.A pretrial hearing is scheduled for September 2 to arrange the transfer.Cho, 55, a former executive director at Convoy, was charged by the Independent Commission Against… Source link

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Singapore 

Japan may take South Korea wartime labour dispute to International Court of Justice: Report, Singapore News

TOKYO – Japan is considering taking a dispute with South Kore a over its compensation for wartime forced labourers to the International Court of Justice as the deadline for seeking third-country arbitration passes on Thursday (July 18), public broadcaster NHK reported. The question of compensation for South Koreans for labour during Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of the Korean peninsula has soured the US allies’ relations, which took a turn for the worse this month when Japan restricted exports of high-tech material to South Korea. South Korea’s Supreme Court last year ordered…

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