10 Feb '11, 11am

Singapore opposition leader escapes jail term - Yahoo! Singapore Finance

Topics: International Economy Government and Policy On Thursday 10 February 2011, 16:21 SGT A vocal opposition leader in Singapore Thursday escaped a jail term after an online donation drive raised enough money to pay a fine instead. Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), had faced a fine of Sg$20,000 ($16,000) after being convicted of "making an address in a public place without a licence" in 2006. Chee, 48, would have been imprisoned for 20 weeks had he failed to pay the amount by Thursday, prompting his political party to organise an online fund-raising drive. "We are glad to announce that we have reached the target of Sg$20,000 in contributions for Dr Chee Soon Juan's fine," said a post on the SDP's website. "More than just keeping Dr Chee out of jail, Singaporeans have rallied and sent a message that they will not sit idly by when t...

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