5 hottest court cases to grip Singapore

5 hottest court cases to grip Singapore

SINGAPORE - It was a year of high-profile corruption cases, a rarity given Singapore's relatively clean record.

Several top civil servants and educators were hauled to court on corruption and sex charges.

At its most sensational moments, court reporters like me sat entranced as sexual favours, trysts in hotels and carparks, expensive gifts of love, clandestine text messages and Latin poetry were mentioned.

There was a hunger for any information that emerged from the high-profile trials, which provided a glimpse into the lives of some very public figures and the inner workings of some of Singapore's biggest institutions.

But amid all the juicy details, which included an impeccable fashion range from one of the defendants in the City Harvest leaders' trial - we have to remember why these cases ended up before the courts in the first place. It is all about justice.

The laws are in place to protect you and me, and to punish those who cross the line.

They are also there to ensure that people in positions of power are held accountable. And when they abuse the trust that has been placed in them, there are consequences - as seen in the corruption cases.

Unfortunately this year, we have also been shown that those familiar with court proceedings and the law have been able to twist the system, turning their chance to speak into a farce of sorts.

As one of the reporters who has had to sit through one too many of such sessions, I felt immensely frustrated as such hearings dragged on.

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