Bloggers switch lawyers after Ravi's suspension

Bloggers switch lawyers after Ravi's suspension
(Left to right) Activist Han Hui Hui and blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling arriving at the State Courts on 27 October 2014, along with their lawyer, Mr Ravi.

Bloggers Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui have switched lawyers, hiring Mr Eugene Thuraisingham to represent them in the place of Mr M. Ravi at a State Courts pre-trial conference today.

Meanwhile, the Law Society yesterday released details explaining why it has suspended Mr Ravi from practice until further notice over concerns about about his medical condition.

It said the 43-year-old's consulting psychiatrist diagnosed him as being hypomanic and medically unfit for duty between Feb 3 and Feb 6. But he did not comply with the advice, appeared in court and continued work as a lawyer.

The society's statement added: "His hypomania created risk of errors of judgment, erratic and abnormal behaviour, and emotional outbursts."

Mr Thuraisingham, responding to The Straits Times queries, said yesterday that both Mr Ngerng and Ms Han had asked him to act for them.

The lawyer is already acting for four others who are facing the same charge of being a public nuisance, which carries a fine of up to $1,000. Han and Ngerng also face one charge of organising a demonstration without approval, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000.

All six are accused of disrupting the YMCA Proms @ The Park charity event for special needs children, held in Hong Lim Park at the same time as the Return Our CPF rally that Han and Ngerng co-organised.

Mr Thuraisingham is also representing Ngerng in matters related to a defamation suit brought against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The lawyer change follows a High Court case yesterday, when Mr Ravi was to have represented convicted drug trafficker Chan Heng Kong, who was to have been re-sentenced. But the case before Justice Tay Yong Kwang was adjourned.

Mr Ravi had also been due to attend a High Court pre-trial conference next week in relation to the Attorney-General's move to strike out a constitutional challenge made by his client, Ms R. Angelina. She had filed a motion in relation to the regulations surrounding the Thaipusam festival.

This article was first published on Feb 13, 2015.
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