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Man fined $6,600 for Possession and Keeping of Illegal Wildlife

13 Sept 2017: 33-year-old Lim Kok Huat was fined $6,600 by the court today for possession and keeping of illegal wildlife.
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Eleven Drivers who took up “Lucrative” Online Job Offers end up in Jail

From January to mid-September 2017, eleven drivers were jailed for their involvement in duty-unpaid cigarette activities. They were sentenced to between four and eight months’ imprisonment.
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Customs Department

Ng Chye Huay v Public Prosecutor

Criminal law - Statutory offences - Vandalism Act
Date: 14 September 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 224; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Court sets aside Director's Jail term for Corruption

The High Court has set aside a company director's five-week jail term for graft ruling that the prison term was excessive given the sum involved and the lack of real loss to the firm.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Longer Jail Time for Couple who starved Maid for 15 Months

The Court of Appeal has raised the jail term of a couple who starved their maid for more than a year to 10 months following an appeal by the prosecution.
Date: 16 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Heng Tze Yong v Public Prosecutor

Criminal procedure and sentencing - Sentencing - Appeals
Date: 14 September 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 225; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Nagaenthran a/l K Dharmalingam v Public Prosecutor

Criminal law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act -Discretion of court not to impose sentence of death when offender was suffering from an abnormality of mind; Criminal procedure and sentencing - Sentencing - Mentally disordered offenders
Date: 14 September 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 222; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Serial Thief's Corrective Training Term cut

The High Court reduced the corrective training sentence of a convicted serial thief from five years to the 30 months-plus.
Date: 15 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Ong Say Kiat

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Appeal - Procedure; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Revision of proceedings; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Appeals
Date: 12 September 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 221; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Judge criticises Netizens for Rape Victim Remarks

A judge presiding over a rape trial criticised netizens for comments they made about the rape victim which have caused her distress.
Date: 14 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Different Takes on Guidelines

The Sentencing Council, aimed to promote the development of a methodology and framework by identifying areas in which the issuance of judgments with sentencing guidelines might promote coherence or consistency in sentencing, has so far published 15 definitive guidelines on areas including assault, drug offences, dangerous dogs, robbery, environment ...
Date: 14 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

More Community Support needed for Offenders with More Challenging Mental Disorders: Murali Pillai

Parliamentarian calls for community-based sentencing to extend to offenders with mental disorders that are more challenging to treat.
Date: 12 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

2 Legal Debt Collectors jailed over Harassment

The duo pleaded guilty to a single charge of being part of an unlawful assembly of five men, who harassed the occupant at the three-storey semi-detached house over an alleged $7.48 million debt.
Date: 09 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Causing Alarm is Harassment, say Lawyers

The threshold from lawful conduct to harassment is crossed when the debt collector's actions cause undue alarm.
Date: 09 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Ex-VP jailed 14 Years for Money Laundering, Cheating

A former asset management vice-president was jailed for 14 years for money laundering and cheating, involving over S$10 million.
Date: 09 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Chew Eng Han v Public Prosecutor

Criminal procedure and sentencing - Criminal motion - Question of law of public interest
Date: 06 September 2017; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2017] SGCA 52; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Jail for Man who beat 10-year-old Son over Comments on alleged Extramarital Affair

For causing grievous hurt, he was sentenced to a year’s jail.
Date: 08 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

City Harvest Church Ex-Fund Manager fails in Second Bid to challenge Conviction

The court called his latest legal application “devoid of merit” and “an abuse of process”.
Date: 07 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Jail, Cane for Robbers in 'meticulously planned' Heist

Three members of the gang, who pleaded guilty to gang robbery, were sentenced to five years and nine months in jail and 12 strokes of the cane.
Date: 06 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Longer Jail Term for Paedophile

The Court of Appeal increased the jail term of a paedophile from 12½ years to 18½ years following an appeal by the prosecution.
Date: 05 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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Singapore and China Mediation Centres work together to help Businesses resolve Disputes along Belt and Road

1. The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and the Mediation Center of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade / China Chamber of International Commerce (CCPIT/CCOIC Mediation Center) will work together to support businesses and help them resolve disputes that may arise in cross-border commercial transactions under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The two mediation centres signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the International Mediation Summit held in Hangzhou, China.

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ASEAN enhances Coordination to tackle Cyber Threats

SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Bernama) - ASEAN member states have agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination to ensure that its cybersecurity efforts across various platforms in countering increasingly sophisticated cyber threats are focused, effective and in synergy with one another.

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Veteran Lawyer Leo Fernando dies at 85

He was counted among the "legends" in criminal law in the 70s and 80s.

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Five Court Volunteers lauded for Dedication

These volunteers of the Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts received awards for their outstanding commitment and dedication to pro bono work.

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Halimah Yacob is Singapore's Eighth President

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 (Bernama) - Halimah Yacob was sworn in as Singapore's eighth President at the Istana today, marking her first day of a six-year term.

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ASEAN to promote Trade with Russia and EAEU

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN Economic Ministers agreed to expand trade with Russia and those grouped in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

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Conclusion of the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Investment Agreement (AHKIA)

The Economic Ministers of ASEAN and Hong Kong, China (HKC) announced the conclusion of the ASEAN-HKC Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEANHKC Investment Agreement (AHKIA) at the Second ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-HKC Consultations held on 9 September 2017 in Pasay City, the Philippines.

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SGX RegCo announces Board Members; Operational Start on 15 September

Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) has appointed Mr Alan Shaw, Ms Jane Diplock AO and Mr Ronny Tan to its board. The company will begin operations on 15 September 2017.

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Public Alert on Scam IRAS Email

IRAS would like to alert the public that a scam email titled “Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore-Refund-Online-Confirmation” has been circulating. The email carries a message that the recipients are eligible to receive a tax refund and that they are to click on the link provided in the email to download and fill out the tax refund form.

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ASEAN Meet explores Issues related to Tariff Commitments, Rules under ATIGA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) - The discussions on Association of South-East Asian Nations' (ASEAN) internal economic-related affairs, which were held in the Philippines at the 31th ASEAN Free Trade Agreement Council, explored issues related to tariff commitments and applicable rules under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).

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ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area increases Bilateral Trade by 92.3 per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (Bernama) - Bilateral trade between ASEAN and South Korea has increased by 92.3 per cent to US$118.84 billion in 2016 from US$61.81 billion in 2006 since the ASEAN-KOREA Free Trade Area (AKFTA) took effect in 2007.

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ASEAN MSMEs need More Financial, Technical Support: Study

MANILA - While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has available programs and pushing for policies that will boost micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the region needs to introduce more financial and technical support to MSMEs, an ASEAN study said.

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