Defence Ministry and one of the officers waive legal fees

The legal bill of $22,000 incurred by late NSF Dominique Sarron Lee’s family when they took Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to court will be reduced.

The family of the late NSF tried to sue the SAF and two officers for alleged negligence, resulting in his death during a training exercise in 2012. Dominique suffered an allergic reaction to the fumes from smoke grenades. The case was thrown out of the high court and Dominique’s family was ordered to pay the legal costs of the defendants.

After Defence Minister urged on Facebook to waive the legal costs for the family, the Defence Ministry and one of the officers, Captain Najib Hanuk Bin Muhamad Jalal, said last night they would waive legal costs amounting to $16,000.

But the 21-year-old’s family still has to pay the remaining $6,000 if the other officer, Major Chia Thye Siong, decides to enforce the cost.

Not about the money

Dominique’s family has emphasised that it was never about money.

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Instead what they want out of this for is accountability by the government.

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Will Chee Soon Juan be able to make SAF and Mindef answer for his death?


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With reference to The Straits Times
Featured image via Singapore Sports Fan