Dictator Prime Minister has abused his premiership powers and ordered his former personal lawyer and current Attorney General, Lucien Wong, to sue his nephew Li Shengwu, after failing to get his hands on his brother Lee Hsien Yang. Lee Hsien Yang and his wife went to Hong Kong two months ago and has not returned.
Attorney General Lucien Wong yesterday (Aug 4) filed an application with the High Court to charge Li Shengwu for contempt of court over a private Facebook post. The private Facebook post was screenshot by a spy working under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and has been reproduced as court evidence.
According to the Attorney General Chambers (AGC), Li Shengwu posted a link of a 2010 New York Times article, titled “Censored in Singapore” on July 15. The article criticised the ruling party dictatorship’s draconian control of the press – ironically, with his grandfather Lee Kuan Yew as the target of criticism. Li Shengwu wrote on the post:
“Keep in mind, of course, that the Singapore government is very litigious and has a pliant court system. This constrains what the international media can usually report.”
On July 21, AGC sent a letter to Li Shengwu demanding the Prime Minister’s nephew to take down his private Facebook or face a contempt of court charge:
“The Jul 15 Facebook post was an egregious and baseless attack on the Singapore Judiciary and constitutes an offence of contempt of court. The clear meaning of the post, in referring to ‘a pliant court system’, is that the Singapore Judiciary acts on the direction of the Singapore Government, is not independent, and has ruled and will continue to rule in favour of the Singapore Government in any proceedings, regardless of the merits of the case.”
Li Shengwu apparently did not comply with the AGC’s censorship order and hence warranted an official charge. Following the AGC’s official charge yesterday, Li Shengwu said in a public statement that he has amended the post, hoping to appease the AGC:
“If my private post is read in context, it is evident that I did not attack the Singapore judiciary. Any criticism I made is of the Singapore government’s litigious nature, and its use of legal rules and actions to stifle the free press. However, to avoid any misunderstanding of my original private post, I have amended the post so as to clarify my meaning.”