Singapore: Two men file appeals against High Court decision to dismiss Section 377A challenge

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03/31/2020

Two men have filed appeals against a High Court decision to dismiss their legal challenges against the law criminalising sex between men. Lawyers representing Mr Johnson Ong Ming, a disc jockey, and Dr Roy Tan, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist and retired doctor, told The Straits Times on Tuesday (March 31) that they had filed appeals in the Court of Appeal. Dr Tan’s lawyer, Mr M. Ravi of Carson Law Chambers, is appealing “against the whole of the decision” issued by Justice See Kee Oon on Monday, according to court documents. The third plaintiff, Mr Bryan Choong, the former executive director of LGBT non-profit organisation Oogachaga, is planning to file his appeal soon, his lawyers said. The trio had filed separate cases challenging the constitutionality of Section 377A of the Penal Code, a colonial-era law that criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between men. The offence carries a jail term of up to two years.

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