AGC is reportedly going ahead with contempt of court proceedings against Li Shengwu

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The Attorney-General’s Chambers  (AGC) is reportedly moving ahead with contempt of court proceedings against founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson, Li Shengwu, according to Yahoo News sources.

Sources also appear to have revealed that a pre-trial conference has been set for one week from now, on 13 Nov.

Shengwu attracted the attention of the AGC on 15 July after posting a private “friends-only” Facebook post, criticising Singapore’s government and judiciary.

Linking a Wall Street Journal article that offered a thorough analysis of the public Oxley Rd feud, Shengwu had said in his own words: “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.”

He then linked a New York Times article on censorship and the use of defamation laws by both Lee Kuan Yew and Lee Hsien Loong to censor the foreign press.

In responding to media queries about Shengwu’s private post, an AGC spokesperson had said then, “AGC is aware of the post and is looking into the matter.”

Shengwu’s post followed the explosive Oxley Road dispute, in which his father Lee Hsien Yang and paternal aunt Dr Lee Wei Ling had been embroiled in a public feud against their elder brother, Singapore’s current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The PM’s younger siblings alleged that the PM was abusing his power to preserve their family home against their father’s willed desire to demolish the house, in June and July this year.

They also accused the PM of convened a secret committee to make a decision on the house and claimed that state organs were being used against them.

PM Lee addressed the allegations against him in a Parliamentary debate where he declared that he has been cleared of all charges. He added that he does not intend to sue his siblings.

Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang reinforced their allegations, following this, but offered a ceasefire on releasing further evidence in favor of settling the matter in private, on the condition that they nor their father’s will be attacked or misrepresented.

Dr Lee Wei Ling has come out in support of her nephew when Shengwu’s post caught the eye of the AGC. Sharing his post on her Facebook page, she wondered whether government staff are used to monitor her family’s private musings and suggested that this case could be an example of how Singapore may be governed by a “big brother” system:

I am surprised that AGC takes such negative reaction to a private post. Is there a government servant whose duty is to follow the Facebook activity of all people related to Hsien Yang and I, including our private musings. Also, what Shengwu posted is a common topic amongst Singaporeans who are well informed. Is this not an example of ” big Brother government”. Perhaps it is a case of “if the hat fits, take it.”

Shortly thereafter, the AGC filed an application in the High Court for leave to commence committal proceedings against Shengwu for “contempt of court in connection with the publication of a Facebook post.”

32-year-old Shengwu – who is a junior fellow at Harvard University in the USA and is expected to become a associate professor at the University next year – has since asserted that he has no intention to disrupt his “happy” and “fulfilling” life in the US by returning to Singapore to face charges.

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    If LSW does not return, will he be sentenced in absentia? If so, what SG is doing to LSW is no different from what the Thai military govt had done to Thaksin and Ying Luck. Speaks volumes about the SG system post LKY.

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    This is how the ruling party blurs the lines between party and state. AGC is supposed to be the legal arm REPRESENTING the government. The courts on the other hand is the JUDICIARY. It is supposed to be INDEPENDENT. Critising the AGC ISN’T Contempt of Court IF they are two separate entities. Criticising the AGC ISNT criticising the Court

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    Ownself sue oneself. Old Lion vs Young Lion. This is just Part 1. S’poreans do remember this saga during the next elections. Our future for our laws of the land is in our hands. Cast your vote for Opposition to stop this one party rule.

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    Beside harping and hogging on his late father’s achievements, contributions and influences, WHAT ELSE HAS HE DONE/ ACHIEVED/ BUILT/ ERECTED/ ESTABLISHED ??

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    Of all the rotten stuff around….. you got yourself into this mess …..unknowingly ? Many a Harvard boy would mused….yesterday when I was young…there were so many pretty girls waiting to be date….so many pretty songs waiting to be sung…( yanks know how to live )

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