Medical report delays Singson drug case

Posted at 10/19/10 8:23 PM

HONG KONG, China - A Hong Kong judge has ordered the lawyer of Ilocos 2nd District Rep. Ronald Versoza Singson to clarify the need for a medical report in the drug trafficking case involving the lawmaker.

Singson is scheduled to reappear at a district court in the former Crown colony on November 23 pending a clarification on his medical examination report.

Acting Chief District Judge Poon Siu Tung had questioned the use of a medical report in the case.

Singson's lawyer, John Reading, told the court that the report provided "needs clarification" but did not disclose other details.

He only said that it would be given to the Department of Justice "with regard to the conclusion in this matter."

The 5-week adjournment was also agreed upon since prosecutor Virginia Lau would not be available during the first 2 weeks of November.

In a brief ambush interview outside the court, Singson refused to answer any questions relating to the case but told the media that his birthday wish was "for this case to be over".

He will turn 42 on November 18.

The second-term lawmaker was arrested at the Chek Lap Kok International Airport on July 11 while he was on his way to Macau.

Authorities reportedly found 6.67 grams of cocaine and two tablets of diazepam, or valium, in his possession.