U.S. Lawyer Arrested Over Blog Post
A U.S. lawyer was arrested Saturday and charged in a Singapore court over comments he made on his blog and in an e-mail that were critical of the judge presiding over a defamation case. The lawyer, Gopalan Nair, is a native of Singapore and formerly practiced there, but now has an immigration-law firm in Fremont, Calif. He was in Singapore to attend a three-day hearing presided over by Supreme Court Justice Belinda Ang. While there, Nair criticized Ang in a post on his blog, Singapore Dissident, calling her biased and writing that she "prostituted herself during the entire proceedings," and then he repeated the criticism in an e-mail he sent to news media and Singapore's attorney general.
Singapore authorities arrested Nair and charged him with "threatening, abusing or insulting a public servant." His lawyer said that he would be held in custody for seven days pending further investigations. If found guilty, he faces a fine of up to S$5,000 ($3,671) or imprisonment of up to one year. Reportedly, Nair has long been a critic of Singapore's ruling party and stood for elections in 1991 as a member of the opposition Workers' Party. On his blog, he posted his location and telephone number in Singapore and dared Singapore's leaders to come for him, writing, "Look here. I am now within your jurisdiction and that of your
corrupt police and your corrupt judiciary who will do anything you want
of them, however criminal and illegal."
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 2, 2008 at 01:04 PM | Permalink
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