Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday won a defamation case against opposition leader Joshua Jeyaretnam, but only received a tenth of the damages he asked for. Mr Justice S. Rajendran ordered the veteran opposition crusader to pay S$20,000 (HK$101,400) plus 60 per cent of Mr Goh's legal costs, instead of the S$200,000 the Prime Minister had sought. The judge was also highly critical of Mr Goh's lawyers in his 142-page judgment. While finding Mr Jeyaretnam guilty, the judge said he found it difficult to substantiate claims that Mr Goh's character, credit and reputation had been injured. Mr Justice Rajendran said Mr Goh was unable to point to any incident to support this, adding: 'I think it surprising that solicitors were prepared to draft the pleadings without ascertaining from the plaintiff what scandal or contempt were suffered by him.' Mr Jeyaretnam, 71, was accused of harming Mr Goh's name by announcing at a political rally on the eve of January's general election that his party colleague, Tang Liang Hong, had filed a police report against the Prime Minister. While Mr Jeyaretnam did not read out the contents of the report, which were libellous and accused Mr Goh and other People's Action Party leaders of lying, Mr Goh's barrister, Thomas Shields, argued that he had propagated the libel because the contents of the report were known to the audience. Mr Jeyaretnam's barrister, George Carmen, later proved he had not read the report. 'The plaintiff had a strong case, but for a degree of defamation much lower than what he claimed it to be,' the judge said. Claims by 10 other People's Action Party leaders have yet to be heard.