Blogger Alex Au found guilty of court contempt

Blogger Alex Au found guilty of court contempt
Mr Au (above) allegedly insinuated that the Chief Justice had a personal interest in the issue.

SINGAPORE - Blogger Alex Au Wai Pang has been found guilty of court contempt for a blog post where he discussed challenges of the constitutionality of Section 377A, which criminalises sex between men, said online reports.

Singapore law states that "the State Courts shall have power to punish for contempt of court where the contempt is committed in the face of the court; or in connection with any proceedings in the State Courts."

The High Court charged that the articles were baseless attacks against the authority of court and crossed the legal line, reported Today.

The relevant statements in the first article "crossed the legal boundary and constitute scandalising contempt", said Justice Ang in The Straits Times report.

Justice Ang found that "Au's first article had imputed judicial partiality and impropriety on the part of the Chief Justice, and risked undermining public confidence in the administration of justice in Singapore", said the Today report.

The High Court also found that his remarks in a second article did not cross the line, reported The Straits Times.

The Straits Times reported that "Senior State Counsel Tai Wei Shyong argued that Au was implying that the judiciary was biased against homosexuality issues".

Prosecutors had taken Au to court for two articles published on his blog Yawning Bread, a week apart from each other in 2013.

Online reports said sentencing will take place at a later date.

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