Chief Justice allows probe into misconduct of 2 deputy public prosecutors involved in Parti Liyani case

A disciplinary tribunal would be formed.

Nigel Chua | Zhangxin Zheng | October 23, 2020, 06:41 PM

On Oct. 23, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon granted an investigation into the complaint of misconduct made against two prosecutors involved in Parti Liyani's case, The Straits Times (ST) reported.

Prosecutors alleged for misconduct

Parti alleged that the two deputy public prosecutors, Tan Wee Hao and Tan Yanying, had crossed-examined her unfairly during the trial.

Parti was accused of stealing from her employee at the time, which was the family of Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong.

She was later acquitted from all charges on Sep. 4, 2020, after four years of legal troubles.

One of the items that Parti was accused of stealing is a DVD player which she alleged the prosecutors for creating a false impression that it was functional.

A demonstration at the appeal, however, showed that the DVD player can no longer play a DVD so it is reasonable to be considered as faulty, ST reported.

What will happen next?

A disciplinary tribunal would be formed to investigate Parti's complaint.

The tribunal will submit its findings to the Chief Justice.

If it finds that there is "no cause of sufficient gravity for disciplinary action", the Chief Justice will dismiss the complaint.

Possible punishment under Legal Profession Act

If the legal service officer is guilty of misconduct befitting the post as an advocate and solicitor, he or she could be punished.

Being found guilty under the Legal Profession Act could lead to the DPPs being struck off the roll, prohibited from applying to practise law for up to five years, and fined up to S$20,000, among other punishments.

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