Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dr. Chee Soon Juan has clearly and deliberately accused Singapore’s DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) Hassan (DSP Mohd Hassan Said, telephone number: 64734026) of perjury. The rank of DSP denotes an officer of superior rank.
He has said, in the Singapore Democratic Party website, http://www.yoursdp.org, of May 06, 2009, that DSP Hassan, of the Singapore Police force, Special Operations Command, Queensway Base, Singapore 149051 lied in the Subordinate Court under oath while testifying in Dr. chee Soon Juan's case in February 2009.
The material words of Dr. Chee in his blog of May 06, 2009 were, "They lie under oath: DSP Hassan testified that Dr. Chee Soon Juan had broken away from the police cordon during the WB-IMF (World Bank International Monetary fund) protest when it was actually the officer who had given Dr. Chee permission to proceed."
Dr. Chee's charge against DSP Hassan is indeed serious. To accuse someone of perjury (giving false testimony under oath) is a serious matter.
Under Section 193 of the Singapore Penal Code which reads “Whoever intentionally gives false evidence in any stage of a judicial proceeding or fabricates false evidence for the purpose of being used in any stage of a judicial proceeding shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years and shall also be liable to fine".
Dr. Chee Soon Juan calls DSP a lair who had lied under oath in court. It is about the trial for the peaceful protest held by him and others in Speakers Corner, Hong Lim Park, on Sept 16, 2006 over the World Bank International Monetary Fund meetings being held in Singapore.
The charge against them was for "attempting to stage a procession from the Speakers Corner to Parliament House". The law does not require anyone to have a permit to speak in Speakers Corner. Yet, in order to secure a prosecution against Dr. Chee at any cost, DSP Hassan gave false testimony to say that he was not in Speakers Corner although numerous pictures and videos publicly available clearly show him in it.
DSP Hassan as I said is a superior officer in the police force. It is very high rank. Now since Dr. Chee has accused him, an officer of high rank, of perjury, a serious criminal offense which carries a sentence of 7 years in jail, will Singapore’s Attorney General who claims the need to protect Singapore’s reputation for the rule of law see the need now to prosecute DSP Hassan?
And if DSP Hassan is not being held to account for this serious criminal offence of perjury, then will Singapore’s Attorney General charge Dr. Chee Soon Juan of insulting a public official (a high ranking police officer)? If not, will DSP Hassan sue Dr. Chee Soon Juan for defamation of character and prove that he is not a perjurer, that he did not give false testimony under oath and clear his name?
At about 9 pm, Pacific Standard Time (California time) May 06, 2009, I telephoned Singapore number 6473 4026. Singapore time about 1 pm May 07, 2009. The following was the conversation:
Gopalan Nair: Are you DSP Hassan, full name DSP Mohd Hassan Said who is now involved in the trial of Dr. Chee in the Subordinates Courts
DSP Hassan: I guess so
Gopalan Nair: When you say "I guess so" can I take it that you are indeed the officer that is involved in Dr. Chee's trial going on now?
DSP Hassan: Yes
Gopalan Nair: Are you aware that Dr. Chee has written in his website that you had lied under oath while giving testimony in court?
DSP Hassan: It is up to the judge
Gopalan Nair: I am not talking about the judge. I am talking about you. He has called you a liar and that you lied under oath.
DSP Hassan: It is up to the judge
Gopalan Nair: Dr. Chee has called you a liar. Are you going to do nothing? Are you.................
DSP Hassan hangs up.
You can read what transpired in court, in the articles "Police are "fundamentally honest"? Wednesday, 06 May 2009, Singapore Democrats, and "Police testimony crumbles under cross-examination" Monday, 23 February 2009 Singapore Democrats.
You know what? I think nothing will happen. DSP Hassan will not be charged for lying under oath. And Dr. Chee will not be charged with insulting a police officer nor will DSP Hassan sue Dr. Chee for defamation of character.
And the reason? They have victimized Dr. Chee far too many times and he has been sued far too many times, so much so that Lee Kuan Yew's legal system has been totally discredited. And charging Dr. Chee or suing him will not bother Dr. Chee nor will anyone else. This is what happens when a legal system has lost all respect.
And even after all this, Mr. K Shanmugam, Lee Kuan Yew's recently hand picked Minister of Law is announcing on a daily basis that Singapore has the best legal system in the world! Doesn’t it make you laugh?
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