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Gopalan Nair Released from custody

This morning’s Court attendance at Court 23 before Magistrate Wong Peck yielded a mixed result. Gopalan Nair was granted bail but the expected charge of sedition did not come.

I spoke to DPP Francis Ng prior to the mention. He said there were no fresh charges. DPP Ng questioned the  basis on which we were all talking about the fresh charges. I mentioned that Gopalan Nair told me that he had another Cautioned statement administered to him during his remand. DPP Ng replied that at present there was no indication that there would be fresh charges and he had no instructions.

I sat down puzzled. After a few minutes passed, i was still unable to reconcile the same so i approached him again and i asked to confirm that there would be no other charges. I then received the reply that there was a Section 122(6) statement administered to him and that paved the way for the sedition charge but as it is there were no instructions to proceed as yet.

When the case was mentioned, DPP Ng asked the Court for a 1 week adjournment so as to allow the prosecution to “finalise the charges”. I then formed the opinion that the sedition charge would eventually come.

Gopalan was granted bail but his passport was still retained. I had upon being bail granted, made a premature application for the passport to be released and that was rejected by the Magistrate Wong Peck. Still i am grateful that the bail was offered by the prosecution and the Magistrate granted it.

Gopalan being granted bail and the matter adjourned for further mention on 12th June 2008, I proceeded then to handle another matter scheduled for this morning in the family court. When i finally finished and joined Gopalan, Maurice, Jeffery and Gandhi for a drink, i could see that Gopalan was fine and well.

However, it has transpired that Gopalan Nair was in fact administered the S.122(6) cautioned statement in respect of the charge of sedition and the possibility would be that….. Well lets take this one step at a time. I have an idea as to how it would proceed and until 12th June 2008 when the fresh charges are tendered, what we would be doing is just speculating.

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June 5, 2008 - Posted by | Politics

3 Comments »

  1. According to some sources from the AG office, they continued to received email from GN alleged account even though he was in jail.

    So to say that GN sent the email was incorrect.

    Comment by insiderinfo123 | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. Why bother to defend for this Gopalan chap, an American when he enjoys our cell so much? He thinks he will gain public sympathy for his heroic (stupid) act and of all people, defending for that Chee chap who enjoys jail as much as Gopalan. Why waste taxpayers’ money, going thru’ all these legalities and everybody’s time. Both losers in as many elections, this is explained they are not worthy to represent SIN. Opposition like Sylvia is more likely to gain supports from the public, she does not utter rubbish like these two (Gopalan and Chee, also his sister) and she should go far. We are fortunate to be in SIN, please find good reasons to ‘fight it out with PAP’ and not fight blindly.

    Comment by collin1202 | June 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. […] Nair’s lawyer thinks his client might be charged with sedition at his next court appearance, at least based on what he could learn when Gopalan was released last Thursday. It has transpired that Gopalan Nair was in fact administered the S.122(6) caution statement in respect of the charge of sedition and the possibility would be that….. Well lets take this one step at a time. I have an idea as to how it would proceed and until 12th June 2008 when the fresh charges are tendered, what we would be doing is just speculating. [read Ti Lik’s blog] […]

    Pingback by Sedition in Singapore - as easy as pi « Ethical Martini | June 10, 2008 | Reply


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