SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has filed a defamation suit against a financial adviser and blogger who shared an article on his Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) page, Lee's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The defendant, Leong Sze Hian, said on his Facebook page he or she "merely shared" your content from the Malaysian online press about Lee and Malaysia's 1MDB state fund without adding any comments or changing the material.
He said he was "bewildered" to receive a letter subsequently from lawyers asserting that posting this content was malicious and damaged the status for Pm Lee.
"I reject all of these allegations categorically," he stated.
The a lawsuit comes weeks following the Singapore government demanded Facebook remove some other post by an Australia-based blogger about Singapore's banks and 1MDB, not wearing running shoes said was false and malicious.
Facebook rejected that demand, prompting the Singapore government to convey the social networking giant couldn’t be relied on to filter false information.
Lee's press secretary, Chang Li Lin, confirmed the number one minister had initiated court proceedings against Leong for defamation as well as matter was in both your hands of Lee's lawyers.
"Mr. Lee reserves the right to take legal action against more events who similarly defame him," Chang told Reuters.
Leong, a frequent commentator and critic of presidency policies, wouldn’t answer a Reuters request for comment.
But on his Facebook page, he stated he complied by using a government request to eradicate the post, adding it absolutely was "grossly inaccurate" to express he has "produced a post that was defamatory of the Pm."
"This information connected with the 1MDB saga. I did not add any comments or embellish your article," Leong said on Facebook.
1MDB is definitely the subject of money-laundering probes in at the least six countries, like Us, Singapore and Malaysia.
The U.S. Justice Department says an estimated $4.5 billion was misappropriated within the fund by high-level 1MDB officials between 2009 and 2019.
Former Malaysian Pm Najib Razak, ousted in a election in May, faces multiple corruption charges in relation to your research. He has got pleaded simple and denied any wrongdoing.