Media release on SFD trio investigations
June 25, 2011, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Singapore

SFD Media Release
25 June 2011

Police take 5 months to release SFD members from “defamation” investigations

Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD) members Mr Seelan Palay 27, Mr Jarrod Luo 27 and Miss Rachel Zeng 28 were informed this week, 5 months after they were first summoned by the police, that investigations of the trio under section 502 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 under the Criminal Procedure Code 2010 (Act 15 of 2010) were completed and they were released from it.

The trio was investigated under the Penal Code section that relates to the “Sale of printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter, knowing it to contain such matter, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years, or with fine, or with both”.

The letter, releasing them from the investigations was hand delivered by investigating officer ASP Roy Lim from the Special Investigation Section, Major Crime Division, Criminal Investigation Department.

The letter says that the investigations have concluded and after much consideration of the facts and circumstances surrounding the sale of the books, the Attorney General decided not to take any further actions against the SFD trio.

The police investigated the three SFD members over the sale of 12 copies of the book Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock at a film screening at the Substation on 14 November 2010.

Although SFD members have been released from the investigations, it still does not resolve the lack of clarity over the classification of the said book.

Unless the Media Development Authority take steps to officially ban the Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, the absence of classification continues to put members of the public at legal risk.

Dr. James Gomez

Executive Director

Singaporeans For Democracy

For background to the investigations see SFD Media Releases dated 25 and 27 January 2011:


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