Hearings have begun in Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s defamation suit against a blogger who shared an article about him on Facebook.
Lee sued Leong Sze Hian for posting a link to a Malaysian news site that alleged the Prime Minister had helped launder 1Malaysia Development Bhd. funds. The Singaporean leader, who has sued other people for defamation while in office, arrived in court on Tuesday to give evidence and undergo cross-examination. Lees lawyers have said the accusations are false and baseless.
“The offending words in the post meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiff was complicit in criminal activity relating to 1MDB,” according to Lee’s opening statement to the court. “They meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiff corruptly used his position as Prime Minister to help Najib launder 1MDB’s billions,” the statement said, referring to former Malaysian premier Najib Razak.
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