The lawyers representing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong are seeking for “very high” damages from CPF blogger Roy Ngerng from the court, saying the blog post was “deeply and intensely malicious”.
CPF blogger Roy Ngerng was convicted for defaming the Prime Minister without a trial and the damages to compensate the most well-paid Prime Minister are now awaiting determination from the court.
The PM’s lawyers are senior counsels while Roy Ngerng is unrepresented in court yesterday (July 1) because the latter’s lawyer was put out of practice for having “an unsound mind” by the Law Society. Senior counsels for the PM quoted the previous defamation judgments where damages range between S$100,000 and S$250,000.
“From the very first, the defendant set out to wound. He knowingly and maliciously published a false and vicious libel against the plaintiff to inflict maximum injury. He then cynically capitalised on, and continues to exploit, that libel and the ensuing lawsuit to promote himself as a champion of free speech.
…express, in strongest terms, its indignation at Mr Ngerng’s conduct.
The case for a very high award of damages, including aggravated damages, is compelling”