Singapore Takes 3 to Court for Kangaroo T-shirts

3 wearing t-shirts featuring kangaroos in judge's gowns brought to court.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 14, 2008 -- Three people who showed up at Singapore's supreme court in T-shirts printed with a kangaroo dressed in a judge's gown will be brought to court for contempt, Singapore's attorney general said on Tuesday.

They had "scandalised the Singapore judiciary by publicly wearing identical white T-shirts, imprinted with a palm-sized picture of a kangaroo dressed in a judge's gown", the attorney general said.

The three, who were not identified, had appeared in court in May to watch an opposition leader cross examine two of Singapore's most powerful leaders after he was found to have defamed them.

Vocal opposition leader Chee Soon Juan cross examined Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, in a three-day hearing that saw the politicians hurl insults at each other.

Singapore bans gatherings and protests in all public areas except Speakers' Corner, the country's equivalent of London's Hyde Park free speech haven.

(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Neil Chatterjee)