PTC for case against blogger to be heard on Mar 5, pending apex court application
A second pre-trial conference (PTC) for the contempt of court case against sociopolitical blogger Alex Au Wai Pang has been fixed for Mar 5.
This is to take into account a new application by the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) at the Court of Appeal, in which it had sought permission to take action against the 61-year-old for contempt for an Oct 12 article he wrote, which was refused by the High Court last month. The matter will be heard in the week of Feb 24.
This was decided at a closed-door pre-trial conference on Wednesday morning, presided by Senior Assistant Registrar Wendy Yap. It was held in relation to an Oct 5 article published on Mr Au's Yawning Bread blog, for which permission has been granted for AGC to proceed.
Referring to the postponement, Mr Au's lawyer Peter Low told The Straits Times: "This is pending the decision at the Court of Appeal, in case there are any consequential procedural matters that have to be attended to."