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AGC seeks permission to act against blogger Alex Au for contempt for second article

Published on Dec 17, 2013 12:01 PM
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The Attorney-General's Chambers has filed an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to take action against blogger Alex Au Wai Pang (above) for contempt for a second article he wrote. -- ST FILE PHOTO: FRANCIS ONG 

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has filed an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to take action against blogger Alex Au Wai Pang for contempt for a second article he wrote.

Last month, the High Court gave the AGC permission to proceed against Mr Au for an Oct 5 article on his blog Yawning Bread. But it rejected the AGC's contempt of court application for a second, Oct 15 article on the same blog.

In the second piece, entitled "Church sacks employee and sues government - on one ground right, on another ground wrong", Mr Au allegedly accused the judiciary of being incapable of making independent judgements.

In a statement on Tuesday about its application regarding the second article, the 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". It also noted that the rules of court expressly permit it to apply to the Court of Appeal if permission is refused by the High Court.