Singapore charges an ex-politician for insulting a High Court Judg

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Singapore, Jun 17 (UNI) A former Singapore politician turned US citizen was charged for insulting a Singapore High Court judge, calling her ''prostituting herself'' in his blog site, according to local media reports today.

Mr Gopalan Nair, an ex-Workers' Party election candidate and a delisted lawyer, was charged yesterday in a local court with insulting Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean by saying she was ''prostituting herself during the entire proceedings, by being nothing more than an employee of MM Lee (Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew) and PM Lee (Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong) and carrying out their orders,'' the report said citing a court document.

Justice Ang presided over the hearing of a defamation case MM Lee and PM Lee had filed against the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) last month.

Mr Nair had especially returned to Singapore to attend the case.

In the blog, the 58-year old Nair criticised the legal hearing at which Minister Mentor Lee and Prime Minister Lee testified in the SDP case.

The latest Penal Code charge replaces an initial charge, which alleged Nair sent the comments in an email, his lawyer Chia Ti Lik said.

The charge carries a punishment of one year prison and a fine of 5,000 Singapore dollars.

Mr Nair was also charged last Thursday for calling Singapore judges ''corrupt''. He is is currently out on bail and has vowed to dispute the charges.

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