Man seeks $1.22m in damages from A-G for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution

Man seeks $1.22m in damages from A-G for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution

SINGAPORE - A man filed a claim for damages totalling $1,22,7135 after he was arrested and jailed for a day by the police.

On Apr 1, 2013, Yan Jun filed for damages against the Attorney-General (A-G) for loss of liberty, assault and battery, humiliation, excessive use of force, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, economic loss and malicious prosecution and abuse of process.

In addition, the 37-year-old filed for claims for his medical treatment, returning to his hometown in China and lost earnings, amounting to another $7,135.

On  Jul 3, 2013, all of Yan's claims were struck out by an Assistant Registrar (AR), except for the claim of loss of liberty arising from false imprisonment.

Yan then filed an appeal against the AR's decision on Jul 16, 2013. But High Court Judge Woo Bih Li dismissed Yan's appeal on Aug 21.

He awarded costs fixed at $3,000 to the A-G.

Disagreement with mother-in-law led man to call police

Yan was arrested by the police after he got into an argument with his mother-in-law, Madam Yu Xinlan on July 19, 2009 at their flat in Block 153, Simei Street 1. Yan's wife, Madam Liu Tian, then became involved in the argument. In the midst of their conflict, Yan called the police.

When the police arrived at the scene, they spoke to Madam Liu, who informed them that she had obtained an expedited order (EO) against her husband, which was about to expire.

Yan was placed under arrest for breaking the EO.

Both Yan and Madam Liu were brought to the Changi General Hospital for a medical examination, and he was brought to Bedok Police Division for further investigation after his medical check.

He was released the following morning.

Expedited Order still in effect

After his release on Jul 20, 2009, he made another check with the Court and found that Madam Liu return to attend court on Jul 6, 2009. Yan also consulted with some lawyers about the validity of the EO.

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