US Blogger Charged with Insulting Singapore Judge

A US citizen was charged Monday with insulting a Singapore judge in his blog by saying she was "prostituting herself", a court document said.

US-based blogger Gopalan Nair (R), a former Singaporean lawyer who is now a US citizen arrives at the Subordinate court in Singapore on June 12, 2008.(AFP Photo)

In the blog, Gopalan Nair criticised a recent legal hearing at which Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew and his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, testified in a defamation case they filed against an opposition party.

Nair, 58, is charged with insulting Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean by saying she was "prostituting herself during the entire proceedings, by being nothing more than an employee of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his son and carrying out their orders," a court document said.

Justice Ang presided over the hearing.

The latest Penal Code charge replaces an initial charge which alleged Nair sent the comments in an email, his lawyer Chia Ti Lik said.

If convicted, Nair, a former Singaporean lawyer now based in California, faces up to one year in prison and a 5,000 dollar (3,630 US) fine.

Last Thursday, another charge accused him of calling Singapore judges "corrupt."

Nair is free on bail in Singapore and has vowed to dispute the charges.

Source: AFP

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