Blogger Han Hui Hui removes and apologises for contemptuous online posts

Blogger Han Hui Hui removes and apologises for contemptuous online posts
Blogger Han Hui Hui at her first election rally in September 2015.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Blogger Han Hui Hui has removed several posts on her social media accounts alleging that judges had lied to persecute her politically.

The posts in question were published between Jan 21 to Feb 25 and contained Ms Han's opinions on her court hearing.

Ms Han was fined $3,100 for co-organising a protest rally in 2014 that disrupted a charity event in Hong Lim Park. She was also found to have organised a demonstration without approval.

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In her YouTube video on Jan 21 this year, Ms Han said that she was disqualified from standing for parliamentary elections because she had criticised the government. 

Her subsequent Facebook posts also alleged that the judges caused a "miscarriage of justice", and accused them of politically persecuting and harassing her.

The AGC said parts of Ms Han's video and Facebook posts scandalised the Singapore Courts, adding that "her statements were scurrilous, false and made without any rational basis."

It also stated that her comments wrongfully insinuated that the judge had not acted independently in determining the sentence, but did so on the instructions of others.

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The AGC issued a warning to Ms Han on March 13 to remove the posts, which they stated were in contempt of court.

Ms Han has since complied with AGC's conditions. She has removed the contemptuous statements and published an apology on her social media accounts.

The AGC said: "Contempt of court in its various forms harms the proper administration of justice in Singapore. Left unchecked, such conduct can obstruct the determination of the truth and erode respect for our judicial institutions.

"This would, in turn, harm the public interest in the proper administration of justice."

debwong@sph.com.sg

 

 

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