25 Jul '13, 2pm

Singapore cartoonist faces contempt of court action

A Singapore cartoonist faces possible contempt of court charges after the Attorney-General’s Chambers of the city state said his comics scandalized the judiciary. Singapore started legal action against Leslie Chew Peng Ee, the author of the comic series “Demon-cratic Singapore” on Facebook, according to an e-mailed statement yesterday. The four postings, which the attorney general’s office found offensive, have since been taken down. Demon-cratic Singapore is “a 100 percent fictional comic series about a country that does not exist,” according to its Facebook page. “Our judiciary is not like fragile flowers to be offended easily by such criticism,” Chew’s lawyer M. Ravi said in a phone interview. “We have full faith in the impartiality and independence of our judiciary.” Contempt of court carries a possible penalty of a jail sentence, a fine, or both. No maximum penalty ha...

Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-25/singapore-cartoo...

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