Over the objections of the sister of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and human rights and press organizations, the Singapore Parliament has pushed through a bill widening the ability to bring contempt of court charges against political opponents. The measure, the “Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill,” passed on a straight party line vote after seven hours of heated debate, with 72 People’s Action Party votes in favor and nine Worker Party votes against. It rewrites and expands contempt of court laws to allow the attorney general to bring contempt charges as well as the courts.

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