After the Law Society suspended human rights lawyer M Ravi from practice, bloggers Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui have switched lawyers and hired Mr Eugene Thuraisingham to represent them in place of Mr Ravi at a State Courts pre-trial conference today.
Mr Thuraisingham told The Straits Times yesterday that both Roy and HHH had asked him to act for them.
The lawyer is already acting for four others who are facing the same charge of being a public nuisance over the disruption of YMCA charity event for special needs children in Hong Lim Park, which carries a fine of up to $1,000. Han and Ngerng also face one additional charge of organising a demonstration without approval, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000.
Mr Thuraisingham is also representing Ngerng in matters related to a defamation suit brought against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The lawyer change follows a High Court case yesterday, when Mr Ravi was to have represented convicted drug trafficker Chan Heng Kong, who was to have been re-sentenced. But the case before Justice Tay Yong Kwang was adjourned.
Mr Ravi had also been due to attend a High Court pre-trial conference next week in relation to the Attorney-General’s move to strike out a constitutional challenge made by his client, Ms R. Angelina. She had filed a motion in relation to the regulations surrounding the Thaipusam festival.
Yesterday, the Law Society released details explaining why it has suspended Mr Ravi from practice until further notice over concerns about about his medical condition.
It said the 43-year-old’s consulting psychiatrist diagnosed him as being hypomanic and medically unfit for duty between Feb 3 and Feb 6. But he did not comply with the advice, appeared in court and continued work as a lawyer.
The society’s statement added: “His hypomania created risk of errors of judgment, erratic and abnormal behaviour, and emotional outbursts.”