In the Facebook post by the exiled brother of Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Yang slammed the Singapore dictatorship’s Attorney General Chambers (AGC) for deliberately singling out his son for prosecution. Currently hiding in Hong Kong, Lee Hsien Yang wrote that some international media have written articles criticising the Singapore courts as well and he don’t see the AGC going after them:
“The prosecution of Shengwu by the AGC for a private Facebook post, shared only with his friends, is continuing. Shengwu’s lawyers have argued that AGC did not satisfy the requirements for proper service of documents outside of Singapore. This afternoon, the Court of Appeal will hear arguments on Shengwu’s application for permission to appeal this point of law. Today’s appeal is against a denial of leave to appeal by the judge hearing the case. In the meantime, much stronger criticism of Singapore courts has recently been published in some international media and widely shared public posts. AGC appears not to have commenced committal proceedings against the media and others, whilst nonetheless continuing this action against Shengwu for his private communications.”
The post was made hours prior to his Lee Hsien Yang’s son, Li Shengwu, case’s hearing at the Court of Appeal yesterday (Sep 3).
In August 2017, Li Shengwu was charged for contempt of court by the Attorney General, Lucien Wong – the former private lawyer and personal friend of Lee Hsien Loong. The dictator Prime Minister had earlier received from his spy a screenshot of Li Shengwu’s private Facebook post, stating that the Singapore Court is pliant to the ruling party government. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong then instructed his newly-appointed AG to commence contempt of court proceedings against his nephew, as his brother Lee Hsien Yang and wife had already left Singapore.
Lee Hsien Loong had earlier wanted to jail his brother and sister-in-law, Lee Suet Fern, for what he alleged as forgery of Lee Kuan Yew’s last will. The Singapore Prime Minister felt humiliated that his late father changed his will without his knowledge, and even dismissed him as an executioner of the inheritance. Taking out his anger on his siblings, the PM abused his premiership powers to call for a “Select Committee” to block the last will and accused his younger sibling of falsifying the will. Fearing for his own safety, Lee Hsien Yang had to flee Singapore in June 2017.
If found guilty for contempt of court, Li Shengwu faces a 3 year imprisonment and a S$100,000 fine.