Singapore founder’s grandson names lawyer in contempt case
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