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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, a very warm welcome to the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Lecture. As the name suggests, this prestigious event takes place every year. However, this 2018 lecture is itself special, as it also marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Singapore Academy of Law.
On 9 October 2018, the High Court found Mr Wham Kwok Han Jolovan and Mr Tan Liang Joo John guilty of contempt of court in relation to the intentional publication of their 27 April 2018 (“Mr Wham’s Facebook post”) and 6 May 2018 (“Mr Tan’s Facebook post”) Facebook posts respectively.
Former Attorneys-General, Professor Walter Woon and Mr V K Rajah, have recently suggested that it is not desirable for the Government and Parliament to direct the Public Prosecutor (PP) not to prosecute offences under section 377A of the Penal Code, or to create the perception that they are doing so.