Prominent blogger and activist Leong Sze Hian revealed today that he has made his submission to the Court of Appeal to appeal the High Court’s decision to strike out his counter-claim against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the abuse of the process of court.
PM Lee earlier filed a defamation claim against Leong for sharing an article alleging that PM Lee played a part in laundering money from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), on his personal Facebook page. The article, which was not written by Mr Leong, garnered 22 reactions, five comments and 18 shares.
Mr Leong is fighting the claim against him in court and filed a counterclaim against PM Lee for “abusing the process of the court in bringing the claim against me.” PM Lee’s lawyer Davinder Singh applied to strike out the counterclaim by Leong, before Leong applied to strike out PM Lee’s original defamation claim against him.
After hearing the striking out applications by both parties last month, Justice Aedit Abdullah struck out Mr Leong’s counterclaim as he delivered his judgment on 12 March. The judge cited Mr Leong’s failure to disclose a “reasonable cause of action” in his counterclaim as the reason for his decision.
The judge also ordered Mr Leong to pay costs and Davinder Singh Chambers (DSC) subsequently sent a statement to the law firm representing Mr Leong, seeking payment of a total of S$21,000 for two summonses.
Today (10 June), Mr Leong reported on Facebook: “I have today filed my submission to the Court of Appeal to appeal the High Court’s decision to strike out my counter-claim against the Prime Minister for the abuse of the process of court.”
Revealing that the hearing dates for his appeal has been set for 9 to 27 Sep and “likely to be fixed for 16 to 27 Sep,” Mr Leong added: “the legal counsel for the PM, Davinder Singh has informed the court that he is unavailable from 16 to 24 Sep.”
Read his submission here: