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City Harvest Church pastor warned by AGC over tweets

Published on Jun 3, 2014 5:20 PM
Screenshot of Mr Tan Kim Hock's Twitter account. -- PHOTO: KIMHOCK / TWITTER

SINGAPORE - A pastor with City Harvest Church (CHC) was warned by the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) on Tuesday for contempt over two of his tweets.

Mr Tan Kim Hock had on May 5 tweeted that he was "amazed at the efficiency of ST. They knew it while the court is still ongoing, or do they know earlier...". The next day, he posted another tweet saying, "Ecclesiastes 3:16... I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt!".

The AGC took issue with both tweets, saying in a statement on Tuesday that the tweet that refers to the newspaper "insinuates that the State Courts... had given The Straits Times (ST) preferential and privileged access to information pertaining to whether the accused persons in the ongoing criminal proceedings against a number of leaders of the City Harvest Church had a case to answer to the charges preferred against them, even before this decision was delivered by the Presiding Judge of the State Courts See Kee Oon."

The spokesman added that May 5 tweet also "insinuates that the State Courts is biased and or unfair, given that such treatment was not equally accorded to everyone else" while the "Ecclesiastes tweet insinuates that the 'courts of law' in Singapore are 'corrupt', and in particular, that the Court hearing the City Harvest Trial is corrupt."

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