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林鼎在李总理诽谤诉讼中对于两天内浮现的证据‘非常满意’

Oct 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

在李显龙总理的诽谤诉讼案中代表博客作家与财务顾问Leong Sze Hian的林鼎对持续了两天的诉讼结果表示高兴。

林鼎发布了一则Facebook推文,展示了其在10月7日庭审后与记者对话的场景。

他说:

“我对于过去两天中证据浮现的方式非常满意。”

在感谢媒体的同时,他还补充说:“希望各位能在本次庭审中找到些乐趣。”

案例回顾

李总理于2018年底就Leong在其Facebook页面上公开分享的推文提起诉讼。推文中包含指向一篇有马来西亚网站The Coverage所撰写文章的链接。

文章中包含对于李总理协助马来西亚前总理纳吉布·拉扎克与马来西亚国家基金一马发展有限公司(IMDB)进行洗钱的指控。

庭审最初计划从10月6日持续至9日,共四天。

10月6日庭审第一天时,林鼎对李总理进行了超过四小时的盘问。

随后他又在第二天(10月7日)对专家证人Phan Tuan Quang进行了交叉质询。

Phan是香港大学创新及资讯管理副教授,受李总理之邀前来提供专家证据。

审判在第二天早些时候意外结束,当时林鼎表示Leong不会出庭,因为辩方"非常满意我们有足够的案件证据。"

“我们有充足的材料来打败原告(李总理)”

林鼎进一步表示,根据他对李总理和专家证人Phan的来看,“我们(林鼎的团队)有充分的材料来击败原告。”

他补充说,在Phan提出证据后,他曾与Leong进行过交谈。Leong同意了他的建议:“在任何情况下,他(Leong)都没有必要提供证据。”

因此,林鼎向法院表示“被告无辩可答”。

Aedit Abdullah法官此后表示,他将保留对此事的判决。

双方将于2020年11月30日亲自回到法庭进行口头陈述。

预计将在11月20日前向法院提交书面意见。

下面是完整视频:

https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=824580288291316

被告方对Leong Sze Hian诽谤案无辩可答!今早,我对李显龙的专家证人,来自香港的Phan博士进行了质询。我认为,从Phan博士那里得到的证据对于辩方非常有利。今天下午午休后,我告知审判法官Aedit Abdullah,我已仔细考虑了李显龙和Phan博士所提供的证据和回答,以及法庭上出示的证据,还有他们已经采纳的证据,对此我认为没有必要传唤被告Leong Sze Hian来提供证据。只有在辩护律师认为原告根据自身证据所提供的说法非常薄弱且没有根据的情况下,才会采取不对辩护方进行传唤以提供证据这样的行动。这是一个需要律师鼓足勇气才能做出的决策。

顶部图片为林鼎Facebook页面截图

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.