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Criminal Appeal: Strict Terms for Fresh Prosecution Evidence

The Court of Appeal has made it clear that fresh evidence in a criminal appeal will be allowed to be introduced by the prosecution only if it meets strict conditions, while the conditions may be relaxed for the accused.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Apex Court sets out when Traffickers who divide and pack Drugs may be considered Couriers

The Court of Appeal ruled that drug traffickers who does the division and packing of drugs might be considered merely a courier and stand a chance of escaping the gallows.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Man who beat Adoptive Father to Death pleads Guilty

Su Caizhi, a jobless man with a violent history, pleaded guilty to charges including culpable homicide for killing his adoptive father and causing grievous hurt to his mother and girlfriend.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Man on Death Row on Drug Charges set free

Gopu Jaya Raman, successfully appealed against the death sentence passed against him by the High Court, as the Supreme Supreme Court, in a rare 2-1 decision, ruled that he proved he did not know of hidden drugs in the motorcycle he was riding.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Former Singapore Customs Officer convicted for fraudulently obtaining GST Tourist Refunds

Li Xiangqing, 34, a former Singapore Customs officer, was convicted for fraudulently obtaining Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) tourist refunds under the electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (“eTRS”).
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Promoter of PIC Scam jailed 7 Months for Fraudulent PIC Claims

Xu Feng Jia, a business owner of several tuition agencies, was charged and convicted for submitting false information to the Comptroller of Income Tax in order to obtain Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) cash payouts totaling $70,130.40.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Two Men sentenced for Animal Cruelty

Feb 8 - In two separate cases in court today, two men were sentenced and issued a 12-month Disqualification Order (DO) each for animal cruelty. The DOs disqualify them from owning any animals upon release.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Lawyer rapped in Saudi Envoy's failed Court of Appeal Bid

A lawyer was ordered to personally pay costs of $5,000 for an "improper and unreasonable" application filed for his client in Court of Appeal.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Money Courier who carried nearly S$12M into Singapore jailed for False Declarations

A Malaysian citizen, who worked as a money courier and carted up to hundreds of thousands of dollars into Singapore between 2013 and 2014 was found guilty of making false declarations, for which he was sentenced to jail for 36 months.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Law on Criminal Detention without Trial extended

Amid heated debate in Parliament, Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) (Amendment) Bill, which allows the detention of criminal suspects without trial has been extended for another five years from October 21 next year.
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Law will be amended to plug Gap in Criminal Breach of Trust Penalties: Shanmugam

Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam reiterated that the Government will amend the law to ensure that directors and other senior officers who commit criminal breach of trust will get higher penalties.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Mohd Aziz bin Hussain

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act
Date: 29 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 19; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Fazali bin Mohamed

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act
Date: 30 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 23; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Review of Law is long overdue, Experts agree

This article by Selina Lum and Tan Tam Mei reports that the lawyers have welcomed the clarification given by the Court of Appeal on the issue whether company directors should be regarded as agents in criminal breach of trust (CBT) offences under Section 409 of the Penal Code.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Media Article; Author: Selina Lum and Tan Tam Mei; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Lam Leng Hung and Others

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Criminal References; Statutory Interpretation - Construction of Statute
Date: 01 February 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 7; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Ex-national Paddler's Mum given Six-Week Jail Sentence for Bribery

Mother of a former table tennis player has been sentenced to jail for trying to bribe the director of the Singapore Table Tennis Association to save her son from disciplinary action.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Tang Ling Lee v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Benchmark sentences
Date: 25 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 18; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Logachev Vladislav v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Appeals; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Benchmark sentences
Date: 19 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 12; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Siva Raman

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act
Date: 12 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 10; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Kunasekaran s/o Kalimuthu Somasundara v Public Prosecutor

Criminal Law - Offences - Criminal force and assault - Outrage of modesty; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Appeal; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Principles - Outrage of modesty - s 354(1) Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed); Evidence - Witnesses - Identification evidence - Turnbull guidelines
Date: 11 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 09; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Singapore must help shape International Law: Indranee

Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah urged that Singapore must actively help to shape International Law as its impact on domestic economic and social life will continue to grow.

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Experts from Asia affirm Need to push towards Convergence of Legal Frameworks to facilitate Cross-Border Data Flows

Singapore, Feb 7 - For the first time in Asia, representatives from government, data protection regulators, industry and the legal community across 19 countries met to discuss how to achieve a common Asian framework to share and transfer information across international borders.

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MAS Encourages Financial Institutions to use Technology to On-board Customers more Efficiently

Singapore, Feb 7 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a new guidance to financial institutions (FIs) on the use of innovative technology solutions to facilitate safe, non-face-to-face customer on-boarding.

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State Courts launch Online Filing for Neighbour Disputes

The second phase of the State Courts’ Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS) was launched by the Community Justice and Tribunals Division (CJTD) today.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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Law Society seeks to boost Gender Diversity

In a move to boost gender diversity in the legal industry, the Law Society has formed a task force to look at women-in-workplace issues like mentoring and office harassment.

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New Programme to help Legal Sector go Global

A new programme, Lawyers Go Global, was launched recently to help Singapore law firms take their practice abroad with overseas mission trips, training and marketing.

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Singapore Top Asian Nation in Rule of Law Ranking, and 13th globally

Singapore is ranked thirteenth globally and also became the top Asian nation out of 113 countries in the Rule of Law Index compiled by the World Justice Project, an independent advocacy group based in the United States.

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