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Soh and Quah's application for stay of trial rejected

Amala Balakrishner
Amala Balakrishner8/21/2020 07:00 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Soh and Quah's application for stay of trial rejected
The the “trial has come to a point where the prejudice [Soh] has faced is simply incurable and a fair trial is no longer possible” John Soh’s defence counsel stated in an April 1 submission.
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THE EDGE SINGAPORE - The long-running trial of John Soh Chee Wen and co-accused Quah Su-Ling took yet another twist with Justice Hoo Sheau Peng denying the defence counsels’ application for either a permanent, or conditional stay of proceedings on Aug 17.

A permanent stay would have brought the trial of Soh and Quah, the alleged masterminds behind the manipulation of three penny stocks back in 2013, to a premature end. A temporary/conditional stay would also have required the prosecution to pay the defendants costs to minimise the “prejudice” they suffered due to the lengthy delays and the adjournments during the trial.

Other conditions include ascertaining if all material disclosed by the prosecution is complete and accurate, such as through a thorough review of their exhibits and evidence adduced thus far. A submission dated April 1 by Soh’s defence counsel, senior counsel N Sreenivasan of K&L Gates Straits Law, states that the “trial has come to a point where the prejudice [Soh] has faced is simply incurable and a fair trial is no longer possible”. Phillip Fong of Harry Elias, acting for Quah, states that “proceedings have deteriorated to the point where intervention is necessary to prevent further unfairness being occasioned”.

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