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U.S. Lawyer Thrown in Singapore Jail Over e-mail

Singapore officials have thrown California immigration Gopalan Nair in prison after Nair sent scathing emails to the Singaporean Attorney-General and Solicitor General referring to a Singaporean judge in a somewhat less than flattering vernacular. The e-mails accuse Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean of "prostituting herself" on behalf of her son, Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. In the emails, the jist of which is reprinted in Nair’s blog Singapore Dissident, Nair accuses the judge of railroading her son’s political rival over charges of defamation in what Nair refers to as a "Kangaroo Court."

In his blog, Nair refers to the judge and her son as  "tin pot tyrants who remain in power by abusing the courts to eliminate [their] political opponents." Nair, who renounced his Singapore citizenship and is now a U.S. citizen, was charged Monday with the crime of insulting a public servant. Nair remains in custody for at least a week while officials investigate the charges. If convicted, Nair could face up to a  year in prison and/or a fine of up to $5000 Singapore Dollars ($3,668 US).


George Davison

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