May 31 deadline for Ngerng's evidence

May 31 deadline for Ngerng's evidence
Roy Ngerng Yi Ling speaking during a three-hour protest rally at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park on 8 June 2013. He is among the bloggers who criticised the introduction of new licensing rules for news websites by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

Blogger Roy Ngerng, who was last year found to have defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has until the end of this month to submit evidence that will be used to assess the amount of damages he has to pay to Mr Lee.

Mr Lee's lawyers then have until June 14 to respond if they wish to, Mr Ngerng's lawyer George Hwang told The Straits Times after a closed-door administrative hearing yesterday.

He declined to comment further because the matter is before the court.

These deadlines were set ahead of a High Court hearing that will be held between July 1 and July 3 to determine the total damages Mr Ngerng will have to pay Mr Lee.

Last November, Justice Lee Seiu Kin ruled that Mr Ngerng, 33, had defamed Mr Lee by suggesting in one of his blog posts that Mr Lee had misappropriated Central Provident Fund savings.

Mr Ngerng has already paid Mr Lee $29,000 in legal fees and related expenses, as ruled by the High Court.

The payment had been due on Jan 29, but a spat between Mr Ngerng and his lawyer at the time, Mr M. Ravi, caused it to be delayed until Feb 6.

Mr Lee is represented by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh of Drew & Napier.


This article was first published on May 12, 2015.
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