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The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) is seeking the Court of Appeal's permission to proceed against blogger Alex Au for contempt of court over a second article that he published in October.
SINGAPORE: The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) is seeking the Court of Appeal's permission to proceed against blogger Alex Au for contempt of court over a second article that he published in October.
AGC said it had put in an application on December 13, and the hearing of the application was fixed for the week of 24 February 2014.
Explaining its application, AGC said: "It is in the public interest that the law in this area is clear, so that there is clarity on what material is, and what material is not, in contempt of court."
The statement said the application is ex parte in nature, which means that the application will be heard by the Court of Appeal without Mr Au's presence.
But if the Court of Appeal grants permission to proceed over the second article, AGC said, Mr Au will have every opportunity to respond to the case against him.
"The purpose of the application before the Court of Appeal is to allow the court to assess whether there is sufficient basis to proceed against Au in respect of the second article, notwithstanding the refusal of leave by the High Court," said the AGC statement.
AGC had sought the High Court's permission to proceed against the blogger, also known as Au Wai Pang, for contempt of court over two articles that he published on his yawningbread blog in October, one on the 5th and the second on the 12th.
On November 27, the High Court granted permission for AGC to proceed in relation with the first article entitled "377 wheels come off Supreme Court's best laid plans" but not the second one, with the title of "Church sacks employee and sues government - on one ground right, on another ground wrong".