LI SHENGWU'S CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE LIKELY TO BE LONG, DRAWN OUT, SAYS HIS LAWYER

With the start of contempt of court proceedings against current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's nephew, Li Shengwu, Li Shengwu has appointed an attorney to represent him in court.

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In a statement, Mr Li said that he has retained veteran litigation lawyer Mr Abraham Vergis, from the firm Providence Law Asia, to represent him.

The Attorney General's Office are pressing contempt of court charges against Mr Li for allegedly that the Singapore government was very prone to suing opponents and cast aspersions on the legal system in Singapore.

Vergis, who spoke to reporters after appearing at a closed-door conference for the case, said that the case would likely be a long process but declined to speak on how his client wanted to proceed with it.

Vergis will face up to Senior State Counsel from the AGO, Francis Ng.

Last year, Singapore passed a bill in parliament making it illegal to allege that the country's judiciary is biased. Those convicted face up to 3 years of jail and/or up to $100,000 (US$73,530) in damages.

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