They showed scant respect for the law, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Adriani Marhain, of the two men who fought outside the State Courts in February.
Vasily Chuply, 24, and Alexander Kalinin, 37, former Ukrainians and now Singaporeans, were each fined $1,000 on Thursday on a charge of affray.
The New Paper photojournalist Jeremy Long captured the scuffle in pictures which showed them punching each other before they were separated by auxiliary police officers.
The men, who suffered bruises, abrasions and cuts during the fight, pleaded guilty to fighting in a public place.
The two, who had set up the Rasputin restaurant at Clarke Quay, had just attended a hearing at the State Courts on Feb 13, over a business dispute.
After the hearing, they made their way out of the building and started quarrelling and shouting vulgarities at each other. Chuply then pulled Kalinin by the collar and punched his face.
Chuply's mother, who had left the court building with them, tried unsuccessfully to separate the men.
Auxiliary police officers stopped the fight about 20 seconds later.
Ms Siti said the fact that the fight had taken place outside a key legal institution showed they had little respect for the law and its consequences.
Chuply is the marketing manager of Toxic Entertainment, which operates a dance club, while Kalinin is the managing director of Gardarika Enterprises, a freight company.
Neither man had an earlier criminal record. They could have been jailed for one year and fined $5,000 for affray.
This article was first published on June 7, 2014.
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