Public prosecutors in Singapore

I’ve heard folks at the AGC take pride in the fact that apparently unlike in other jurisdictions, public prosecutors in Singapore are NOT directed to view getting a conviction + the highest penalty for every defendant before the courts as the goal/a win, but to seek a just verdict and sentence based on a fair trial and fair representation. Matters that have come to light recently seriously throw this into question.

Whether it is the conduct of the public prosecutors in Yani’s case; the Singapore Prison Services illegally forwarding private, privileged correspondence between a death row inmate and his lawyer to the AGC, so to give the prosecution an unfair advantage; or, what keeps ringing in my ears – the brother of a man who was hanged two years ago saying that during his brother’s trial, the DPP was “like a lion trying to bite my brother, swallow my brother.” He says, “it’s not the attitude of someone who’s trying to tell the truth, someone who wants a fellow Singaporeans to be good, no.” — these examples don’t describe prosecutors who want a just outcome, but who want to, at all costs, convict, imprison or put to death.

Syed Suhail may have been hanged in February without what the SPS and AGC did with his letters to his lawyer coming to light. Not only do the people of Singapore have to live with the state killing in our name, but we also have to live with the possibility of executions based on such egregious miscarriages of justice. The fact that Syed’s private communications with his uncle and lawyer were available to the prosecution should, in my view, be enough basis to declare that he did not get a fair appeal, and therefore overturn his conviction.

The AGC has a lot to answer for, and there should be consequences for those who approved these unethical and illegal practices.

 

* Facebook post by Kokila Annamalai.

 

 

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21 Responses to “Public prosecutors in Singapore”

  • Harder Truths:

    “…unlike in other jurisdictions, public prosecutors in Singapore are NOT directed to view getting a conviction…”

    Why try to get a conviction that is already double-confirmed before they start their wayang in court?

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  • believe:

    Singapore tend to be very trusting, especially of officials. If the gov says the sun rises from the west, 61% will believe.

    Until one day, …

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    liew mun leong lied.

    liew mun leong did not lie to mistress. neither did he lie to wife.

    rather liew mun leong lied to pap prosecutor, pap police, pap judge.

    unless, of course, if pap prosecutor, pap police, pap judge are all in cahoots, then, in all language twisting modes liew mun leong has not lied but has only made an honest mistake in thinking and saying his low wage maid has stolen from him.

    remember the Cheng San grc saga? pap goh chock tong, pap tony tan, pap clown all three broke the pap law by being INSIDE.

    alas.

    via a language twisting mode, then agc declared there is nothing wrong let’s move on since INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    so.

    current pap dy agc on a bet of S$10,000 to S$1 is going to twist language and say liew mun leong has done nothing wrong since liew mu leong has not lied but has made an honest mistake in thinking and saying his low wage maid has stolen from him.

    current pap dy agc is going to state, due to an honest mistake, liew mun leong has done nothing wrong, let’s move on, since an honest mistake is a mistake.

    we ask, what then the injustice of 2 years and 2 months levied on an innocent low wage maid due to liew mun leong?

    aha.

    pap asks, is she pap? yes, ok. we shall compensate her with 2 years 2 months of wage.

    pap asks, is she pap? no, then, too bad. dice is thrown and it is not in her favor. a case of luck of the draw. let’s move on.

    this, as explained above, is the state of morality in pap agc land.

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  • Nathan Chen:

    Aiyah, what to do, when we law-abiding opposition candidates from People’s Voice condemning those who cry foul over the death-penalty for convicted drug-traffickers. Even went so far to claim that opposition who don’t support the death-penalty is irresponsible and don’t deserve to be voted into Parliament.

    Lim Tean, Leong Gor and Gilbert Goh, what have you all to say about brother Simon Lim? I say shame on him.

    Tre police, don’t forget to dim the like and dislike button on all pages with my posting.

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  • Nathan Chen:

    Tre police-chief, stop these childish pranks. You are no better than the PAP. You think I am playing into your hands. The truth is the opposite. You are the one playing into my hand. Wasting time here.

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  • oxygen:

    AUSTRALIA HAS VERY STRICT GUIDELINES on criminal prosecution to be engaged by a separate Office of Public Prosecution (OPP) which is a distinct entity from the Attorney-General Office (the law architect and govt law adviser).

    The separation is necessary for checks and balances within law and order establishment and the Attorney-General sets strict guidelines to the OPP on its conduct of prosecution and appeal (which is very rare in the OPP’s restrained powers) such as can be seen in the weblink below.

    Prosecution Guidelines

    https://www.odpp.nsw.gov.au/prosecution-guidelines-0

    Good read.

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  • Ah-Ong:

    Is it just like sales people, have sales target to complete for their KPI or performance bonus?

    E.G.

    KPI measure performance above average
    1. Number of cases prosecuted in a year?
    2. Rate of successful prosecution in a year aka no. of convicted cases divided by no. of prosecuted cases.

    Outstanding performance
    3. Able to solicitate higher punishment awarded for the same crime prosecuted.

    Truly Outstanding performance
    4. Top the class of performers for 3 years straight.

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  • Asd:

    I think suckerporean are loving it

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  • xoxo:

    We need to set up a HEARING COMMITTEE compromising of OPPO sgs on such matters.

    Justice CANNOT BE ALLOWED to be BLIND to errant and unjust practices.

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  • Protect Atas People:

    Amazing how these people who indirectly killed someone’s son can still say they ‘take pride’ in their work and still be able sleep soundly at night.

    Is it their parents’ fault? Society’s fault? Our education problem? Their religions failed them? Me think it’s most likely power, fame and money that have killed their humanity.

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  • Asd:

    I think it is clear by now what the country has become it has become a motel infested with trashes and rodents

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  • Great Asia:

    PAP fat cats have long forgotten what’s the purpose of PAP.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Billy ma:

    From the inaction of the PAP on this issue shows that Singapore cannot depend on PAP to want to take any corrective measures.

    It looks like PAP had been busy for the past weeks strengthen & preparing to fortifies the protect-my-own-cronies castle.

    PAP has no intention whatsoever to give up its help-the-rich be richer policy.

    Singaporeans must wait for the next GE vote to bring across the louder & harder shout.

    Meanwhile, so sad but hopeful.

    PAP & LHL, please continue to behave this manner until the next GE.

    We shall see.

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  • Harder Truths:

    oxygen:
    AUSTRALIA HAS VERY STRICT GUIDELINES on criminal prosecution to be engaged by a separate Office of Public Prosecution (OPP) which is a distinct entity from the Attorney-General Office (the law architect and govt law adviser).

    The separation is necessary for checks and balances within law and order establishment and the Attorney-General sets strict guidelines to the OPP on its conduct of prosecution and appeal (which is very rare in the OPP’s restrained powers) such as can be seen in the weblink below.

    Prosecution Guidelines

    https://www.odpp.nsw.gov.au/prosecution-guidelines-0

    Good read.

    Australia follows Common Law and is beholden to the Privy Council.
    SG follows One-Party law and is beholden to a Despot.

    Big difference.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Parthi will seek action against pappy underlings

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/parti-liyani-initiates-court-disciplinary-proceedings-against-her-cases-prosecutors-082509389.html

    What will happen? I can tell you. NOTHING.

    Ownself protect ownself. Die die it must be so.

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  • @Harder Truths

    I beg to differ. Now the whole world eye on what the party will do to correct “what went wrong”, die die some small fly will be “promoted” to wayanga a bit one.

    You don’t need a PhD to see that there was glaring breach of protocols and conventional norms in this case, its so obviously she was being “fixed” by the gang right from the family the agencies.

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  • sterling qualifications:

    //I’ve heard folks at the AGC take pride in the fact that apparently unlike in other jurisdictions, public prosecutors in Singapore are NOT directed to view getting a conviction + the highest penalty for every defendant before the courts as the goal/a win, but to seek a just verdict and sentence based on a fair trial and fair representation. Matters that have come to light recently seriously throw this into question.//

    aiyoh. good institutions are also run by fallible human beings (people with different personalities & attributes not just sterling qualifications lar ??? )lar ??

    it is not uncommon to hear too-big-too-fail institutions (e.g be it bank, audit firm, etc, etc) being brought down because of rouge players or mistakes ???

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  • this may take ages:

    //What will happen? I can tell you. NOTHING.//

    aiyoh. this may take ages (until the heat dies down) or it may be timed giving minimum coverage when the emotion (memory of the case) may get diverted and distracted by some other important issues which may arise from time to time ?

    the white idiots and gang have the advantages of resources and deciding the pace of how fast / slow they will want the matter to proceed vs someone with little to begin with ???

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Repotrted on manifoldtimes.com :Quote -”Hin Leong judicial managers and legal firms could rack up SGD 17.3 million in fees
    24 Sep 2020
    Hin Leong judicial managers and legal firms could rack up SGD 17.3 million in fees
    The interim judicial managers of Hin Leong Trading, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), along with legal firms Rajah & Tann, and Drew & Napier could potentially rack up a total of SGD 17.3 million in fees in the course of restructuring the financially troubled company, reports The Business Times.

    According to court documents presented by PwC, its advisory fees alone would be upwards of SGD 10 million, with Rajah & Tann earning about SGD 3.8 million and Drew & Napier charging SGD 3.1 million.

    This is an estimate provided by the firms for the course of the judicial management period.

    PwC attributes the costs to the complexity in the nature of the HLT case which includes allegations of fraud, misconduct and a myriad of other legal claims.

    In the court document, Goh Thien Phong, an executive at PwC noted the costs may increase should the case be discovered to be more convoluted to what is currently perceived.

    As of June 2020, HLT reportedly had a cash balance of USD 38 million set against its crushing debt of USD 3.5 billion.

    The judicial managers are looking to recover USD 3.5 billion (SGD 4.75 billion) on top of another USD 90 million in dividends which the trio had allegedly paid themselves despite the company being insolvent.

    Related: O.K. Lim and two children sued for USD 3.5billion; receiver appointed for 3 Xihe ships
    Related: Argus Media: Trafigura, Gunvor take over Hin Leong fuel oil storage
    Related: Managers of Ocean Tankers looking to recover USD 19 million from Lim family
    Related: Argus Media: Singapore’s Hin Leong founder charged with forgery
    Related: Xihe Holdings placed under IJM as OCBC reverses decision for ‘consensual restructuring’

    Photo credit: Manifold Times
    Published: 24 September, 2020…”Unquote .

    Response : Did not the judicial management allow Lim OK and his beast family to possess $75 millions assets ? Go and get his assets to be sold off and pay their billions debts . Don’t use our public money to spend to help them pay their debts .Whatever lawyer fees,court or judicial fees ,get from their e***b*** family and make all of them bankrupt .Cannot be right that the law still shamelessly allow them to possess maybe $75 millions assets ! A bankrupt by law cannot possess or own any private property ! Law by Law ! Isn’t our law suppose to be equal for all people ? Or our con people law and justice system practise differently for the rich ? Pui !

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  • Sesame Street:

    as usual, nothing will happen to DPP and Liew Mun Leong

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  • 154media:

    u expect justice in Singapore? dream on.

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