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Top lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam was charged with two counts of breaching a gagging order on Friday April 22 following a 2021 case in which a doctor accused of assaulting a woman later been acquitted.
On August 16, 2021, the prosecution dropped the charges against Dr Yeo Sow Nam, an anesthesiologist and clinic director at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, acquitting him of indecent exposure charges, after a wait of four years.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGC) said on August 31, 2021 that the charges against the doctor were dropped based on “inconsistencies” and not “on the basis that the plaintiff lied about the alleged indecent exposure “.
The MCO said it would take no action against the complainant, but he disputed public statements by Thuraisingam’s law firmcalling them “misleading and regrettable”.
On Friday morning, Thursaisingam, 46, was charged with two counts of publishing transcripts of court proceedings. The transcripts, the CNA reported, contain unredacted information that could lead to the identification of the complainant, a 32-year-old woman.
In March and August 2021, Thuraisingam reportedly commissioned an associate, Johannes Hadi, 31, to distribute these transcripts to the press. Hadi also faces two charges of breaching the gag order.
Thuraisingam and Hadi, who are due back in court for a pre-trial on May 20, face up to a year in prison and a fine of S$5,000.
Dr Yeo had been charged with outraging the woman’s modesty on October 9, 2017. His acquittal came after his accuser admitted during the trial that she had lied.
In a statement last August, Thuraisingam wrote: “Dr. Yeo has asked the court to lift the gag order against the complainant’s identity due to her lies.”
The request to lift the gag regarding the identity of the woman was later withdrawn for legal reasons.
Netizens commenting on the CNA and TODAY Facebook pages seemed to think the charges against the two lawyers were unfair.
One netizen wrote: “Charge the woman and give this lawyer a medal.
“If the woman admitted to lying during the trial, surely it is in the public interest to know why she was not prosecuted,” one wrote.
A user commented on the “irony” of the case.
Another wondered why the AGC is not charging the woman who accused Dr Yeo. “Why doesn’t the AG accuse him? What, free potshots? »
Politician Goh Meng Seng, leader and founder of the opposition People’s Power Party, also commented on the article, asking, “How can a woman be liberated so easily?”
One commentator called the case “not just”.
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