How many investigated for ‘illegal public assembly’?

I refer to the article “Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham charged with organising public assemblies without permit and vandalism” (Straits Times, Nov 30).

It states that “Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham Kwok Han, 37, was hauled to court on Wednesday (Nov 29) to face seven charges, including one count of vandalism.

Wham, who is the former executive director of migrant worker advocacy group Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, was also charged with three counts each of organising a public assembly without permit and refusing to sign police statements.

On Nov 26 last year, he allegedly organised a public assembly without a permit at The Agora on the third storey of Midview City shopping mall in Sin Ming Lane near Upper Thomson Road.

Wham is said to have organised the event to publicise the cause of “civil disobedience and democracy in social change”.

According to court documents, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong Chi-Fung gave a speech remotely at the assembly and this was screened in real-time.

Following this incident, Wham purportedly refused to sign a statement which he made at the Police Cantonment Complex on Dec 20 last year.

Wham is accused of organising another public assembly without a permit on MRT trains along the North-South line on June 3.

He allegedly did so to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Operation Spectrum – an internal security operation that saw 22 activists arrested in 1987 in what the Government called a Marxist plot aimed at overthrowing it.

Wham is said to have committed vandalism while riding on a train that day.

He allegedly stuck onto a panel two sheets of A4-sized paper with messages stating: “Marxist conspiracy? #notodetentionwithouttrial” and “Justice for Operation Spectrum survivors #notodetentionwithouttrial”.

He was in Police Cantonment Complex again 16 days later where he allegedly refused to sign another statement which he had made.

Wham is also said to have organised without permit a third public assembly on July 13.

This time, he allegedly held one at a bus stop outside the Changi Prison Complex to commemorate the judicial execution of drug offender Prabagaran Srivijayan, 29.

According to a police statement on Tuesday (Nov 28), 16 other people were investigated for their various roles in organising and participating in this vigil.

They include sociopolitical website editor Terry Xu and freelance journalist Kirsten Han. The police said that investigations into their cases are still ongoing.

Wham purportedly refused to sign a police statement yet again on Sept 13.

He is unrepresented by a lawyer and told the court on Wednesday (Nov29) that he wants to seek legal advice.

He was offered $8,000 bail and the pre-trial conference for his cases will be held on Dec 13.

More than 10 people came to court to observe the proceedings

They include blogger Han Hui Hui and former political detainee Teo Soh Lung.

In their statement on Tuesday, the police said: “Wham is recalcitrant and has repeatedly shown blatant disregard for the law, especially with regard to organising or participating in illegal public assemblies.

“The Speakers’ Corner… is an established space for Singaporeans to express their views on issues with which they are concerned. Singapore citizens can organise public assemblies at the Speaker’s Corner in accordance with the rules.”

Offenders convicted of vandalism can be fined up to $2,000, or jailed up to three years with between three and eight strokes of the cane.

First-time offenders convicted of committing vandalism with non-permanent substances will not be caned.”

A friend asked me how many people have been charged for “illegal public assembly” so far this year?

Since I do not know – can anyone help to tell us how many people have been investigated or charged with “illegal public assembly” so far this year?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “How many investigated for ‘illegal public assembly’?”

  • PAP is BEST:

    PAP best one, fight PAP is sure lose one. PAP very clever chu pattern all you never see before one. I say must pay them billions is correct, they all is talent millions is not enough one. Must pay them billions like Donald Trump make SG great again. Then talk to Donald Trump got face.

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  • LIONS:

    The PAPigs are the biggest criminals here;they openly harbour *illegal* immigrants armed with fake credentials n offer them the jobs that sgs used to do.
    So?

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    All those “making mountains of mole-hills” charges make our laws and legislature, and all the profound judges and AGC, etc., look trivial!

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Potentially, every citizen could be investigated and charged for public assembly–everyday.

    Just imagine standing with your neighbours at the MRT going to work–that is an illegal public assembly–did not get police permit to stand together at the MRT station?

    So if they want to charge Jolovan, they should be charging every Singapore citizen and jail the whole population. When in jail, you don’t have to worry about food or price of water or increase in taxes. Those who are made redundant or unemployed and do not wish to be a burden on their families should queue up outside the prison demanding to be let in.

    If that did not succeed than perhaps getting with similar people and have a placard saying ” I am unemployed” at the MRT stations to get into prison.

    It is a badge of honour for those who are imprisoned under such circumstance as they are sacrificing their future for the betterment of the country.

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  • Lee Family Saga - Stop It!:

    Can the bickering stop? don’t try to outsmart each Lee in the public eyes.

    Please don’t drag Singapore matters into the US Courts!

    Lee Family Saga and PE 2017 have shamed Singaporeans enough in 2017!

    Don’t be overconfident that Singaporeans will vote for you again at the next GE!

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  • john tan:

    singaporeans deserve the govt they voted for.

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