#ReturnOurCPF 7-day Trial | 4 public prosecutors, including top DPP Francis Ng, against 3 Singaporeans.
It has been three weeks since the second tranche of the #ReturnOurCPF court trial.
During the first tranche of the 4-days trial from 13 to 16 October 2015, we were told that our transcript will be given to us three weeks later in November 2015.
However, Singapore’s court did not give us our transcript in November 2015.
In December 2015, we send in a total of 4 emails during the 4 weeks and Singapore’s court replied that our transcript was not approved, we were not allowed to have access to our own court transcript to prepare for trial.
Miraculously, after sharing updates of the #ReturnOurCPF court trial on social media, Singapore’s court finally replied in 2016 to tell us to collect our transcript.
This has never happened before, for the first time where the Singapore’s court rejected application for the court transcript and then finally give it just before the second tranche of trial.
During the second tranche of the additional 3-days trial from 24 to 26 February 2016, we told the court that we weren’t prepared for the trial as not only do we not have any form of legal aid, we didn’t have sufficient time to go through the transcript too.
When we questioned why was the transcript being given to us so late, the judge replied that it was because “the transcript were not available”.
This was different from what the court emailed to us.
Dear all, We had 4-days of trial on 13, 14, 15 and 16 Oct 2015. From 9 in the morning to 6 plus in the evening every single day. Many things were being said. We were told that we have to hurry to ask our questions within half an hour or it will be “just too bad” for us. The witnesses said many things that were useful as our defence. When we asked if we could have the court transcript, we were told that we will be able to get it after the 4-days of trial is over. We paid $15 for the application and were told that it will cost an additional $0.50 per page when the transcript is ready. We need the transcript in order to help us with our defence since we were to hurry and not allowed to write noted during the four days. Today, the court emailed and said "application for the court records is not approved by the Court”. Is there access to justice? Where is our basic human rights when we are being denied of our transcript in court? You may give a dollar to POSB Savings 279-12328-0 for the cost of filing and application. Please share this message on how democracy and human rights are being violated in Singapore.
During the collection of the transcript, we asked how long does it take for the transcript to be ready, we were told that the date where the transcript is ready is printed at the front of the set of court’s transcript.
For the first tranche of trial, the date was 3 November 2015.
For the second tranche of trial, the date was 10 March 2016.
We are puzzled.
Since the transcript was ready a long time ago, why didn’t they give it to us so that we could prepare for trial?
Since the transcript was ready a long time ago, why did they reject our application for transcript?
Since they have decided to reject our application for court’s transcript, why did they change their mind and give it to us just before the second tranche of trial?
Since they have decided to reject our application for court’s transcript, why did they want to say that it was because “the transcript were not available”?
As of date, we still do not have any legal aid and are expected to hand in our written submission by 18 April 2016.
Please let us know if you know of anyone who could assist us.
Han Hui Hui