Singapore PM’s nephew discovered responsible of contempt, fined S$15,000

Singapore, July 29

The Singapore prime minister’s nephew was discovered responsible of contempt of court docket and fined S$15,000 ($10,884) by the city-state’s prime court docket on Wednesday, media reported.

Li Shengwu’s case concerned a personal Facebook submit in 2017 by which he mentioned the Singapore authorities was “very litigious and has a pliant court system”. Earlier this yr, he mentioned he had opted to not take part within the proceedings in opposition to him.

His 2017 submit got here amid a bitter public feud among the many kids of the island’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, together with the present prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and Li’s father, Lee Hsien Yang.

“Apparently the court has rendered judgment on my case today … I disagree with the judgment,” Li mentioned in a Facebook submit on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court confirmed there had been a judgment within the case on Wednesday however couldn’t instantly present particulars.

If Li – who lives within the United States – doesn’t pay the superb, he must serve every week in jail, Justice Kannan Ramesh mentioned in feedback reported by broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper. Reuters

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