Sin­ga­pore founder’s grand­son names lawyer in con­tempt case

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A NEPHEW of Sin­ga­pore’s prime min­is­ter said a con­tempt of court pro­ceed­ing against him, stem­ming from com­ments he made about the coun­try’s le­gal sys­tem, was “mer­it­less” and he had ap­pointed a lawyer to rep­re­sent him.

The Sin­ga­pore at­tor­ney-gen­eral’s of­fice started court pro­ceed­ings in Au­gust against Li Shengwu over a Face­book post in which he said the Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment is “very liti­gious and has a pli­ant court sys­tem.”

Li, who is a grand­son of the city state’s found­ing leader Lee Kuan Yew, said at the week­end he had re­tained Sin­ga­pore at­tor­ney Abra­ham Ver­gis, of the firm Prov­i­dence Law Asia, to rep­re­sent him.

“It’s sad that the Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to press these mer­it­less charges against me,” Li, a U.S.-based aca­demic, told Reuters.

Ver­gis, a vet­eran lit­i­ga­tion lawyer, ap­peared at the Sin­ga­pore High Court on Mon­day in a closed-door con­fer­ence on the case. He said the case was likely to be a drawn out process. - Reuters

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