the government's at fault like what they insinuated? or they are the misguided bunch? do peasants really give a damn to their activism? do we really care??
Chee siblings, 5 others charged
By ELENA CHONG
National serviceman Teoh Tian Jing, 23, (right) and assistant treasurer Jeffrey George, 44, have been charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly and/or procession in 2006. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
SEVEN people were charged in a magistrate's court on Thursday with taking part in an unlawful assembly and/or procession in 2006.
Chee Soon Juan, 46, secretary-general of Singapore Democratic Party, his 46-year-old sister, Chee Siok Chin, and national serviceman Teoh Tian Jing, 23, each face two charges.
The Chee siblings are accused of taking part in an assembly near Raffles City Shopping Centre with a few others on Sept 10, 2006, and six days later, at a procession near the Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park.
Teoh allegedly took part in a procession near the Speakers' Corner as well as in front of Parliament House on the same day of Sept 16, 2006.
SDP chairman Gandhi Ambalam, 65, and assistant treasurer Jeffrey George, 44, are accused of the three incidents.
SDP supporter Yap Keng Ho, 46, and Harkirat Kaur, 29, who does freelance editorial work, are accused of one charge each involving the Speakers' Corner and Raffles City gathering respectively.
Harkirat indicated that she wished to plead guilty and her case will be mentioned on Sept 1.
Except for Teoh whose pre-trial date is on Aug 27, the others will appear in court again on Sept 3.
If convicted, they can be fined up to $1,000 each.
During the court session, most of them cited the Constitution which gives citizens the right to freedom of speech and expression.