SINGAPORE - The Online Citizen's (TOC) editor Xu Yuanchen, better known as Terry Xu, and one of its alleged contributors were taken to court on Thursday (Dec 13) over an article published on the socio-political website.
Xu, 36, and Daniel Augustin De Costa, 35, were each charged with one count of criminal defamation.
De Costa is also accused of an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.
He allegedly went to an Internet cafe in Chinatown at 7.24pm on Sept 4 this year and logged into a Yahoo e-mail account belonging to Mr Sim Wee Lee without the latter's consent.
After that, De Costa is said to have sent to TOC an e-mail titled "PAP MP apologises to SDP". Court documents did not reveal details about Mr Sim.
De Costa is also accused of defaming members of the Singapore Cabinet in the e-mail, which stated there was "corruption at the highest echelons".
According to court documents, he allegedly intended for the contents of the e-mail to be published on TOC.
That same day, Xu allegedly defamed members of the Singapore Cabinet by approving on TOC the publication of a letter from one "Willy Sum".