When the hearing resumed at 3:30 pm, the court clerk spent the next 1 hour and 45 minutes reading out the charges to each of the defendants.Singapore is the only advanced country in the world today in which ordinary citizens will actually get hauled before a judge for the crime of standing together in a group. Background and commentary here.
When it came to Mr Jufrie Mahmood, the officer asked him what language Mr Jufrie wanted the charge to be read in.
"English," the veteran oppositionist replied.
After the charges were read out, the clerk asked him: "Do you understand the charge?"
"I understand what was read out to me," Mr Jufrie replied, "what I don't understand is why are we being charged. You see groups of tourists and other people everyday in front of Parliament. Why are they all not charged?"
Friday, October 24, 2008
A group of Singapore citizens went before a court of law in the city state today. Their crime? Well, that's not exactly clear. Blogger Jacob reports:
Posted by Jotman on Friday, October 24, 2008