26 Jan '11, 12pm

Hong Kong judge stands down in Singson drug case

Hong Kong judge stands down in Singson drug case

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong judge stood down from the drug trafficking trial of Philippine congressman Ronald Singson on Wednesday after receiving a letter with "prejudicial allegations" against the lawmaker. Singson was arrested at Hong Kong's international airport in July and later charged with carrying a vial of cocaine weighing about 26 grams (0.9 ounces) in his hand luggage. Judge Stanley Chan said in a Hong Kong court Wednesday that he had received a letter a few days ago containing "prejudicial allegations against the defendant". Chan said he had decided to stand down as he may be perceived to have been affected by the contents of the letter. "The motive and rationale behind the author is not clear," he said. "But the timing is suspicious," he continued, saying "the unproven allegations against (Singson) may be a deliberate act to influence the sentencing" or "to manipu...

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