Public gallery tickets for PM Lee & Leong Sze Hian court hearing all snapped up by 7am

Interest is high.

Sulaiman Daud | October 06, 2020, 09:52 AM

Oct. 6 is the first of four days of a public trial initiated by the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sued blogger Leong Sze Hian for defamation over a Facebook post he shared in 2018.

Leong, who joined People's Voice in 2019, will be represented in court by People's Voice leader and lawyer Lim Tean.

PM Lee is expected to take the stand and be cross-examined at some point during the hearing.

An indication of public interest in the trial could be gleaned from how early tickets were snapped up for seats in the public gallery.

A police officer outside the Supreme Court building where the hearing will be held informed Mothership that the tickets had all been given out as early as 7am.

Due to restrictions, the total number of people in the courtroom is fixed at 50. Mothership understands the number of tickets available for the public is capped at 20.

Any member of the public interested in watching the proceedings will have to get up really early.

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