SINGAPORE: A woman who was caught without a face mask and getting into a heated argument with members of the public will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for psychiatric observation for two weeks.
Paramjeet Kaur, 40, was charged on Tuesday (May 5) with refusing to put on a mask and being a public nuisance. A charge of assaulting another woman who told her to put on a mask was dropped.
Her lawyer Satwant Singh, who said he was instructed by her mother to act on Kaur’s behalf, told the court he wanted to explain the law to his client face-to-face before she is remanded, as “she has her own rights”.
He then said that she wanted to address the court about her representation.
Kaur, who is facing four charges including three under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, told the court over a video call: “I am a living woman, and that is my only capacity in this matter. I extend my sovereign immunity to Satwant and I asked Satwant to represent me.”
However, the prosecution asked that Kaur be remanded immediately to facilitate investigations.
In response, Kaur said: “No, no.”
The case was put on hold as court documents were circulated.
When court resumed about 20 minutes later, Mr Singh said he needed time to see his client and explain to her what her perception of a sovereign is, what the law is and the charges she is facing “before the prosecution insists on sending her to IMH”.