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Court orders more than $1.5m to be confiscated

The High Court has issued a confiscation order for a property bought by a convict using money accumulated from the contraband cigarette business, following an additional probe after initially sentencing him to jail.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

HSA suspends Licences of 10 Tobacco Retailers

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has suspended the tobacco retail licences of 10 errant tobacco retailers who sold cigarettes to minors under 18 years of age. They were caught via HSA’s ground surveillance and enforcement activities to deter the illegal sale of tobacco products to under-18 minors.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Health Sciences Authority

Law Firm MD fined $10K for failing to flag Suspicious Deal

A Singapore law firm director who failed to notify the authorities about a shady nature of money offered by a high net worth client, was fined $10,000, after pleading guilty to the offence.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Judge acquits Man of assaulting Condo Neighbour

A condo resident charged with assaulting another was acquitted by the District Judge, after ruling that the force he used was not criminal but in self-defence.
Date: 14 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Driver jailed for Role in alleged Escape Bid by City Harvest Man

A Malaysian driver who pleaded guilty to helping ormer City Harvest Church leader in an escape bid was given six months' jail.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Raffles Place Protester gets Jail and Fine

A man, who was found guilty of three charges including taking part in a public assembly without a permit outside Raffles Place MRT station, has been sentenced to a total jail term of six months and two weeks and fined $5,000.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Court upholds Reformative Training for 21-Year-Old Cheat with History of 'Funny’ Ideas

A young cheat who embezzeled nearly 38000 Singapore Dollars from 34 people between 2015 and 2016 was ordered to enter reformative training by the High Court, after dismissing his appeal for a jail term or probation.
Date: 07 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Dog owner's Sentence increased after Trial

A woman who was found guilty for causing unnecessary suffering to her dogs which were bought without obtaining a license has been handed an enhanced sentence for four weeks in jail and a fine of $6,000 by the District Court.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Court upholds Acquittal of Accused Match-Fixer

The High Court has upheld the decision of the District Judge who acquitted a businessman accused of match-fixing, after finding the grounds of appeal insufficient to overturn the decision.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Negligence: Van Driver jailed for causing Death of Two Malaysians

SINGAPORE, Apr 3 (Bernama) - A 25-year-old van driver who rammed into eight stationary motorcyclists along Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) in March last year, killing two Malaysians, was today sentenced to three months imprisonment and banned from driving for five years.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Fridae.com Founder jailed for selling Ice

The founder of fridae.com, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, was sentenced to jail for five years and nine months with five strokes of the cane.
Date: 16 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Exchange

Man jailed for Illegally importing Hard Corals

Mar 7 - A 39-year-old man, Cheng Yee Yong, was sentenced to two months imprisonment by the Court today for illegally importing hard corals.
Date: 07 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Man sentenced to imprisonment for smuggling Rhino Horns and Horn Shavings

Feb 26 - A 29-year-old man, Nguyen Vinh Hai, has been sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment for smuggling illegal rhino horns and horn shavings through Singapore. The sentence is backdated to 6 September 2017.
Date: 26 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Repeat offender jailed 50 Months and fined $11M for dealing in Duty-Unpaid Cigarettes

A repeat offender was sentenced on 26 February 2018 by the State Courts to 50 months’ imprisonment and a fine of $11 million for dealing in duty-unpaid cigarettes.
Date: 27 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Customs Department

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

Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) (Amendment) Bill

The Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) (Amendment) Bill (the "Bill") was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill will extend the operation of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (the "Act") for a further period of five years, provide greater clarity in the scope of the Act, clarify the powers of the Minister under the Ac ...
Date: 09 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Woman fined for Illegal Import of Dried Frogs

Dec20 - 39-year-old Junsricha Kanokporn, was fined $10,000 in court today for illegal import of dried frogs under the Wholesome Meat and Fish Products Act. In August 2017, Kanokporn was separately fined $10,000 by the court for two charges ($5,000 per charge) - a) illegal import of meat products under the Wholesome Meat and Fish Products Act and b) ...
Date: 20 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Man fined for operating a Pet Shop without a Licence

Nov 15 - 47-year-old Tan Lai Hock was fined $2,750 in court today for operating a pet shop without a licence.
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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