Date
18 December 2017
Roy Ngerng (right) has been ordered to pay the legal costs of Lee Hsien Loong (left) in a defamation suit. Photos: AFP
Roy Ngerng (right) has been ordered to pay the legal costs of Lee Hsien Loong (left) in a defamation suit. Photos: AFP

Court orders blogger to pay Singapore PM costs in lawsuit

A Singapore court has ordered a blogger to pay S$29,000 ($21,700) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as legal costs after Lee won a defamation case against him late last year, Reuters reported.

The High Court case against blogger Roy Ngerng, 33, in November was the first time the city state’s leader had sued an online critic.

Ngerng was sued for a blog post in May allegedly implicating Lee in impropriety in connection with how the money in the Central Provident Fund, Singapore’s mandatory retirement savings scheme, is managed.

The court ordered Ngerng Monday to pay the amount for legal fees and related expenses, Chang Li Lin, the press secretary to the prime minister, said in a statement.

She said the dates for subsequent hearings to determine the amount of damages payable to Lee have not been confirmed.

Singapore’s leaders have sued or settled out of court with foreign media — including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and The Economist — for allegedly defamatory remarks, but this is the first time a blogger has been taken to court for defamation.

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