AGC's prosecution of Li Shengwu continues: Lee Hsien Yang

FILE PHOTO: Li Shengwu, nephew of Singapore’s prime minister, is seen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Tim McLaughlin/File Photo

Prosecution of Li Shengwu, the nephew of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, over a private Facebook post continues, with a Court of Appeal hearing set on Monday (3 Sept) afternoon regarding a point of law, said Lee Hsien Yang, Li’s father.

In a Facebook post, the prime minister’s estranged younger brother wrote that his son’s lawyers have argued that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) did not satisfy the requirements for proper service of documents outside of Singapore.

The apex court will hear arguments on Shengwu’s application for permission to appeal that point, he added, noting that the appeal is against the denial of leave to appeal by the judge hearing the case.

The AGC is currently undertaking contempt of court proceedings against Li, who is an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University. The case stems from a Facebook post in July last year made by Li, which allegedly attacked Singapore’s judiciary. Li has denied doing so.

Along with the update on his son’s case, Lee Hsien Yang also wrote, “In the meantime, much stronger criticism of Singapore courts has recently been published in some international media and widely shared public posts. AGC appears not to have commenced committal proceedings agains the media and others, whilst nonetheless continuing this action against Shengwu for his private communications.”