Updated: 06/18/2014 00:12

Blogger Roy Ngerng files defence against PM Lee's claims for aggravated damages in defamation suit



Blogger Roy Ngerng files defence against PM Lee's claims for aggravated damages in defamation suit

Blogger Roy Ngerng has rejected Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's defamation suit and the demand for aggravated damages brought against him. 

In the defence papers filed in court today, the blogger's lawyer, Mr M Ravi, said Mr Ngerng had already accepted that his allegation of "criminal misappropriation of CPF monies" by Mr Lee "was false and without foundation." 

Noting that Mr Lee had described Mr Ngerng's offer of 5,000 dollars in damages as "derisory" -  Mr Ravi said the amount was based on his client's "modest living and income that he derives from working as a health care worker." 

He added that if the Prime Minister feels he is entitled to greater damages, then Mr Lee should provide proof of the basis on which such damages are claimed. 

Mr Ravi said this includes identifying those who had accessed as well as downloaded the defamatory article on from Mr Ngerng's blog. 

The Prime Minister's claims for costs to be awarded was also rejected. 

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