SINGAPORE — Opposition politician Lim Tean was arrested on Friday (2 October) for alleged criminal breach of trust (CBT), and is also being investigated for alleged unlawful stalking.
Police said in a media release that a police report had been lodged by a former client of Lim, a lawyer who is also the leader of the Peoples Voice political party.
The former client alleged that the 55-year-old had misappropriated a sum of money awarded to him as damaged by the court in a motor injury suit.
In respect to the unlawful stalking offence, police said they received a report lodge by Lim’s former employee, who alleged that he had harassed her when she was working at his law firm. The former employee had referred text messages exchanged between Lim and her to the police.
Police said they issued Lim a written notice on 23 September to attend a compulsory interview at the Police Cantonment Complex to assist with the two alleged offences on 28 September. He was told that he can re-schedule the interview to another date if he wanted to.
However, Lim replied through his counsel on 27 September that he has no intention of turning up for any police interview. He also alleged that the investigations were politically motivated; police said such allegations are “baseless”.
“As Mr Lim Tean did not cooperate with the notice to attend the interview with the police, and had stated clearly that he had no intent to comply, the police had no choice but to arrest Mr Lim Tean in order to conduct the investigations,” police said in the media release.
“This would not have been necessary, if he complied with the police notice to come for the interview.
“The police reject his allegations that the investigations are politically motivated. Mr Lim Tean’s alleged victims had filed police reports alleging serious offences by him against them, and the police have a duty to investigate the allegations.”
Lim has instructed lawyer M Ravi to act as his defence counsel.
Ravi had put up a Facebook post saying that three officers from the Commercial Affairs Department had arrested Lim while he was preparing his defence case with political activist Leong Sze Hian for Leong’s defamation suit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, which is scheduled to begin next Tuesday.
“The subject matter in relation to the investigation is before the civil court and I have written to the police to that effect to respect the due process,” Ravi wrote in his Facebook post.
Leong, who was present when Lim was arrested, told Yahoo News Singapore that he was surprised and worried, and had been unaware of any allegations against Lim.
He added that his preparations for his civil suit still has a long way to go, but had received no word on when Lim will be released. He does not have any other lawyer assisting him at present.
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