Tag Archives: Dominique Sarron Lee

DOMINIQUE LEE’S FAMILY TO LODGE APPEAL, WANTS JUSTICE & EQUALITY FOR SAF VICTIMS

We heard from Dom's family that they intend to go ahead with the appeal in order to seek justice and equality for Dom and all other past, present and future NSFs and men. However, they only have until 2 April to lodge the appeal, which requires a security deposit of $60,000, excluding the legal costs. This is not a small sum and all we want to do is to help out as much as we can.

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DOMINIQUE’S FAMILY: WE SUED MINDEF BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO MAKE PERSONAL APOLOGY FOR DEATH

MINDEF/SAF has not apologized formally to the family for the incident resulting in Dominique’s death. We had previously requested that the Minister for Defence offer the apology directly to Dominique’s mum as acknowledgement of the negligence on their part, and of the grief she has suffered, but we were rebuffed. We were told by the MINDEF representative, in no uncertain terms, that the Minister will never apologise for the incident, nor will any senior official from MINDEF/SAF. Subsequently, we offered an olive branch to MINDEF. Instead of the personal apology, we requested for MINDEF to pay for Dom’s tomb as a symbolic gesture, but this was again rejected. Legal constraints were cited as the reason for the rejection.

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WE STAND WITH DOMINIQUE’S FAMILY, DONATE TO HELP COVER LEGAL COSTS AGAINST THE SAF

Many of us have read about the case of Dominique Sarron Lee's death, how his family's suit against the SAF was rejected, and how they are now being made to pay the legal fees of the defendants. I spoke to friends and a few complete strangers, and I haven't yet met one person who doesn't feel that something is not quite right. I have thus created a crowdfunding campaign to gather funds for his family. The aim of the campaign is to show through our numbers and actions that we stand with Dominique's family, that we feel that they should not be made to pay the court costs of the defendants, especially since breach of protocol was established.

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WHY PROTECT MY COUNTRY WHEN MY COUNTRY DOESN’T PROTECT ME?

Despite the evidence, lawsuits filed against the Singapore Armed Forces, the platoon commander, and the chief safety officer of the exercise for negligence on their part were subsequently thrown out of the court. And as if losing a son to his superiors’ utter incompetence isn’t enough, the courts decided to stick its finger to the Singapore Kindness Movement and ordered the victim’s family to pay the legal fees of all three parties involved, which amounted to around $22,000!

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