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Opposition member Lim Tean to be charged with unlawful stalking, criminal breach of trust

SINGAPORE — Lawyer and opposition party leader Lim Tean will be charged on Thursday (May 12) with criminal breach of trust and unlawful stalking, the police said in a press release on Tuesday. 

SINGAPORE — Lawyer and opposition party leader Lim Tean will be charged on Thursday (May 12) with criminal breach of trust and unlawful stalking, the police said in a press release on Tuesday. 

Mr Lim, the founder of opposition political party Peoples Voice, may face imprisonment for life, or imprisonment of up to 20 years, and a fine for allegedly misappropriating S$30,000 that was entrusted to him. 

The sum had been awarded to his former client as settlement in respect of a motor injury civil suit.

Mr Lim will also be charged with unlawful stalking, related to the alleged harassment of a former employee in 2020 while she was working at his law firm. For this, he may be jailed up to 12 months or fined up to S$5,000, or both. 

He may also face a prison term of up to six months or a fine of up to S$25,000, or both, for allegedly acting as an advocate or solicitor without a valid practising certificate on 66 separate occasions between April 1 and June 9 last year.

The police said that investigations against Mr Lim for other matters are ongoing.

The lawyer was arrested by the police on Oct 2, 2020 after he failed to attend a compulsory interview a week before. 

The interview was for investigations into his alleged offences of criminal breach of trust and stalking. 

On Tuesday evening, Mr Lim published a seven-minute video on his Facebook page denying all the charges.

He alleged that his former client "did not lose a single cent out of the S$30,000" and claimed that there were people who were trying to "smear" him, as well as disqualify him from the running in the country's next General Election. 

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