Review Publishing Company Ltd v Lee Hsien Loong

JurisdictionSingapore
CourtCourt of Three Judges (Singapore)
Judgment Date07 October 2009
Docket NumberCivil Appeals Nos 163 and 164 of 2008
Date07 October 2009

[2009] SGCA 46

Court of Appeal

Chan Sek Keong CJ

,

Andrew Phang Boon Leong JA

and

Judith Prakash J

Civil Appeals Nos 163 and 164 of 2008

Review Publishing Co Ltd and another
Plaintiff
and
Lee Hsien Loong and another appeal
Defendant

Peter Cuthbert Low and Han Lilin (Colin Ng & Partners LLP) for the appellants in Civil Appeals Nos 163 and 164 of 2008

Davinder Singh SC and Wilson Wong (Drew & Napier LLC) for the respondent in Civil Appeal No 163 of 2008 and the respondent in Civil Appeal No 164 of 2008.

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