Prominent lawyer Lim Tean was arrested by three plainclothes police officers in his office on 2 Oct 2020. This shocking move comes as Lim Tean was in the midst of helping Leong Sze Hian prepare a defence against a defamation trial filed by the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, which will be heard next week. Lim Tean is also the chief of the Peoples Voice Party (PVP) which contested in Mountbatten SMC, Jalan Besar GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC during GE2020.
The police appeared after Lim Tean failed to show up for a scheduled interview with the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD). The issue was over an alleged criminal breach of trust where a former client accused Lim Tean of misappropriating a sum of money. The police also want to investigate Lim Tean over a separate case where a former employee accused him of unlawful stalking.
A video showed Lim Tean explaining to the officers that his counsel had written in earlier to their superior to excuse himself from the scheduled interview. However one of the officers adamantly insisted Lim Tean be brought in for the interview, and any complaints or accusations “later.” The officer then refused to “engage anymore” with Lim Tean before promptly handcuffing him.
As Lim Tean was being handcuffed, he protested that his arrested is politically motivated.
According to lawyer M Ravi, the three disrespectful police officers simply barged into the office without due consideration for Leong Sze Hian. Lim Tean has since instructed M Ravi to act as his Defence Counsel. M Ravi shared that the issues due for investigation is already before the civil court and he had written in to the police to respect the due process. Therefore he said this arrest is unlawful.