By: Agence France-Presse
Singapore’s authorities mentioned Friday it was taking authorized motion in opposition to the grandson of founding chief Lee Kuan Yew over a Facebook post linked to a household feud that has gripped the city-state.
The spat between Lee Kuan Yew’s three youngsters — present prime minister Hsien Loong, company government Hsien Yang, and neurologist Wei Ling — centres on what to do with their late father’s residence, a century-old bungalow.
Lee Kuan Yew, who’s broadly credited with remodeling Singapore from a British colony to 1 of Asia’s wealthiest international locations, acknowledged in his will that he needs the home torn all the way down to keep away from the constructing of a persona cult round him.
But the prime minister’s siblings mentioned their brother is trying to dam the home’s demolition to capitalise on their father’s legacy for his personal political agenda.
In a press release late Friday, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) mentioned it was making use of for permission to prosecute Li Shengwu over a July Facebook post in which he alleged the federal government was litigious and stifling freedom of speech over the spat.
Li, a tutorial at Harvard University, is the eldest son of Hsien Yang.
He had additionally posted hyperlinks to a abstract of the feud between his father, aunt and uncle.
The AGC had described his post as “an egregious and baseless attack on the Singapore Judiciary and constitutes an offence of contempt of court”.
It had requested Li to delete the post and signal an apology.
Instead he clarified his feedback in a post earlier Friday, saying that it was not his intention to assault the judiciary.
“Any criticism I made is of the Singapore government’s litigious nature, and its use of legal rules and actions to stifle the free press,” he mentioned.
The AGC mentioned in its Friday assertion: “As Mr Li has failed to purge the contempt and to apologize by the extended deadline, an application for leave to commence committal proceedings for contempt against him will today be filed in the High Court.”
Premier Lee, 65, has denied the allegations of blocking the constructing’s demolition however mentioned he wouldn’t sue his siblings.
Political opponents and dissidents have beforehand been hit with financially ruinous defamation lawsuits filed by Singapore’s leaders.
Played out throughout social media, particulars of the feud have enthralled a city-state unused to open criticism of its political leaders. (AFP)