Blogger Han Hui Hui told to take down online posts that are in contempt of court

Activist and blogger Han Hui Hui, who was an independent candidate for Radin Mas SMC at the 2015 General Election, speaks at her first rally at Delta Hockey Pitch on Sept 3, 2015.
Activist and blogger Han Hui Hui, who was an independent candidate for Radin Mas SMC at the 2015 General Election, speaks at her first rally at Delta Hockey Pitch on Sept 3, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has asked blogger Han Hui Hui to remove a series of posts online, in which she alleged that judges had lied in order to politically persecute her.

The AGC wrote to her on Monday (March 13), giving her seven days to take down the posts and apologise for her allegations on all her social media accounts.

If she does not do so, the AGC will file contempt of court proceedings against her, a spokesman for the AGC told The Straits Times.

Ms Han had posted one YouTube video and five Facebook posts between Jan 21 and Feb 25 about her brush with the law.

In June last year, she was fined $3,100 for co-organising a protest rally to disrupt a charity event at Hong Lim Park in 2014, and organising a demonstration without approval.

Last month, her appeal against the ruling was rejected by the High Court.

The AGC said those online posts are in contempt of court.

 

For instance, the Jan 22 post "wrongfully states that you and the other co-accused persons tried jointly with you were convicted because the court wanted to politically persecute you and your co-accused".

"In addition, it wrongfully insinuates that the court secured your convictions by deliberately finding fault with you on unimportant issues."

Ms Han had written in the Jan 22 post that the court's ruling was "a blatant case of political persecution with the deliberate nick-picking in order to convict us". She also said the fine imposed was with "the sole intention of political persecution to disqualify me from standing for parliamentary election".

An individual is disqualified from being an election candidate if he or she has been convicted of an offence and fined $2,000 or more. Ms Han had contested Radin Mas in the 2015 general election, and got 10 per cent of the vote in the single seat.

"These are very serious allegations which scandalise our courts. They are scurrilous, false, and made without any rational basis," the AGC said in its letter to Ms Han.

Ms Han posted on her Facebook page on Monday (March 13) that the AGC had written to her.

But she has not taken down the other posts in question.