In the wake of the arrest of three Singaporeans for various offencesallegedly committed during a Thaipusam procession on Feb 3, the Attorney-General’s Chambers on Wednesday (Feb 11) issued a reminder warning against public comments, including on the Internet, as such statements may be sub judice contempt of court.
The accused face various charges, ranging from disorderly conduct to voluntarily causing hurt to a police officer. The three – Ramachandra Chandramohan, 32, Jaya Kumar Krishnasamy, 28, and Gunasegaran Rajendran, 33 – are out on bail and will appear in court again on Mar 6.
Said the AGC in a press release on Wednesday: “As criminal proceedings are currently before the Courts, we would like to remind the public that statements made may be sub judice contempt of court, if the statements are calculated to affect the judicial process and there is a real risk of prejudice being caused to the ongoing proceedings.”
Under sub judice laws, commenting on a case being considered by the court may be considered interference with due process.
“All parties are advised to refrain from making any public comments, or posting any statements on the Internet on these matters which may have that effect, pending final determination of the legal proceedings by the Courts,” the AGC added.
“The Attorney-General’s Chambers takes a serious view of statements made which are calculated to interfere with the integrity of the administration of justice. Anyone who has information on the case should send it to the Police.”