Sin­ga­pore PM’s nephew ac­cused of con­tempt of court

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SIN­GA­PORE: The nephew of Sin­ga­pore’s prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day said he was sent a let­ter by the city-state’s at­tor­ney-gen­eral that de­scribed com­ments he made on his Face­book ac­count about the “liti­gious” na­ture of the gov­ern­ment as be­ing con­tempt of court.

The ac­cu­sa­tion is the lat­est twist in a fam­ily feud over the fate of late Sin­ga­pore found­ing fa­ther Lee Kwan Yew’s house that gripped the na­tion last month.

Li Shengwu, nephew of Prime Min­is­ter Lee Hsien Loong and a son of Lee’s brother, Lee Hsien Yang, said on Face­book that he had amended a post orig­i­nally made on July 15 to clar­ify any mis­un­der­stand­ings. How­ever, he said, he did not be­lieve the post was in con­tempt of court.

The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers has not re­leased a copy of the let­ter and did not re­spond to re­quest for com­ment.

Li’s July 15 post was shared on a pri­vacy set­ting that can only be viewed by his Face­book friends.

He yes­ter­day said the in­tent of that post was to con­vey that the “in­ter­na­tional me­dia were re­stricted in their abil­ity to re­port” on a re­cent feud be­tween the prime min­is­ter and his sib­lings “due to the liti­gious na­ture” of the gov­ern­ment.

“It is not my in­tent to at­tack the Sin­ga­pore ju­di­ciary or to un­der­mine pub­lic con­fi­dence in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice,” Li said.

The pub­lic spat be­tween the Lee sib­lings, chil­dren of Lee Kuan Yew, flared in June over the fu­ture of the fam­ily home and raised ques­tions about gov­er­nance in the city-state.

Hsien Yang and sis­ter Lee Wei Ling ac­cused their el­der brother of abus­ing his pow­ers, prompt­ing the prime min­is­ter to call an ex­tra­or­di­nary spe­cial sit­ting of Par­lia­ment last month to “clear the air” over the is­sue. Reuters

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