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TR Emeritus fights back: M Ravi appointed to fight Lee Hsien Yang’s case

Posted by temasektimes on February 23, 2012

Embattled socio-political blog TR Emeritus will not accede to demands made by Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and has appointed prominent Human Rights lawyer M Ravi to fight the case.

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the chairman of listed conglomerate Fraser and Neave (F&N), has sent a lawyer’s letter to  Mr Richard Wan, TRE’s official representative in Singapore on Tuesday, asking the site to remove an allegedly defamatory comment on its site about him.

Mr Tan Chuan Thye from Stamford Law, who is acting on behalf of Mr Lee told TRE in the letter that a netizen had left a defamatory remark about Mr Lee in the comments section for one of its articles late last month.

The comment was found on an article about allegations concerning Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong’s personal life which was published on 30 January and was still on the website as of midnight last night.

According to the Straits Times, today is the last day for TRE to comply with the lawyer’s demands.

In an article published today, TR Emeritus said it would not comply with Mr Lee’s demands which are more than just removing the offending comment:

“Generally speaking, when a complaint is received by TRE about a comment, TRE will normally comply and delete it. However, Mr Lee Hsien Yang is making more demands than the normal demand of simply removing the offending comment.”

It added that acceding to all the demands of Mr Lee will make running the site difficult:

“TRE Editors felt that acceding to all the demands of Mr Lee Hsien Yang will seriously make running TRE site difficult in future. Hence, we are seeking legal counsel this time. TRE has appointed Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi to handle this particular case.”

It is not known what Mr Lee’s demands are exactly. However, based on previous cases, TR Emeritus’ chance of defending itself is very low and it will probably be bankrupted and forced to close down by a defamation lawsuit.

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