SINGAPORE - Lawyers for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have made an application to the courts to strike out the counterclaim by blogger Leong Sze Hian, who is being sued by PM Lee for defamation.
This is "on the ground that it has no basis in law and is completely hopeless", said PM Lee's press secretary Chang Li Lin, in response to media queries on Thursday (Jan 10).
Mr Leong's lawyer, Mr Lim Tean, said in a statement on Thursday his client had received the application. He also said PM Lee has chosen not to serve a reply to the defence put up by Mr Leong.
Mr Leong, in a countersuit in December, claims PM Lee's defamation suit against him for sharing a post on his Facebook page is an abuse of the process of the court.