SINGAPORE: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) on Friday (May 11) filed an application with the High Court for an order of committal against activist Jolovan Wham for contempt of court.
This was in connection with his Facebook post on Apr 27 this year, the AGC said in a media release.
"Mr Wham’s Facebook post alleged that Malaysia’s judges were more independent than Singapore’s for cases with political implications," said AGC.
Added AGC: "It is AGC’s case that Mr Wham’s Facebook post impugned the impartiality and integrity of Singapore’s judicial system and posed a risk that public confidence in the administration of justice would be undermined, and therefore, Mr Wham had committed contempt of court under s 3(1)(a) of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016."
Mr Wham has been notified of the proceedings and served with "all the necessary documents through his lawyers", to allow him to respond in accordance with the rules of court, said AGC.
In connection to this, the AGC has also filed a separate application against another individual, a Mr John Tan Liang Joo, for contempt of court.
Mr Tan had posted on his Facebook page that the AGC’s prosecution of Mr Wham "confirmed the truth of Mr Wham’s assertion about the independence of the Singapore judiciary", AGC said.
By further publicising Mr Wham’s Facebook post and the allegation therein, Mr Tan had also committed contempt of court, AGC added.