LAWYER M. Ravi called a press conference yesterday to defend his comments over a criminal case, but ended up smashing a glass, spewing vulgarities and yelling at journalists to leave his office.

Mr Ravi, 41, had sought the meeting with the media to 'set the record straight' over what he claimed were inaccuracies in the reporting of his role and statements he made in the case of his former client, American businessman Kamari Kenyada Charlton.

The 37-year-old businessman was arrested on Sept 1 for allegedly overstaying his visa. The next day, Charlton, a former Florida State University football player living in the Bahamas, was charged with overstaying. Last Friday, he faced an additional charge of conspiracy to cheat an Australian in a mobile phone scam operation.

Mr Ravi told the media last week that he intended to argue Charlton's case on grounds of discrimination.

Law Minister K. Shanmugam countered on Sunday that the courts did not discriminate against individuals based on nationality.

The law applied 'equally to everyone, whether a foreigner or local, regardless of nationality and regardless of background and status', the minister told reporters when asked about the case at a weekend event.

Lawyer spews vulgarities