Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Drop charges against three peaceful protestors

Activists Hui Hui Han, 24, and her supporters Mr. Koh Yew Beng (60) and Ms. Low Wai Choo (56) will appear before Singapore’s State Court on 24 February 2016 for the continuation of their trail, which was last adjourned on 16 October 2015. The three face charges under Section 290 of the Criminal Code (causing a public nuisance) and Regulation 23(2)(b) of the Parks and Trees Regulations for participating in a peaceful demonstration at Hong Lim Park’s Speakers’ Corner on 27 September 2014 that called for transparency in the Singaporean government’s management of the Central Provident Fund (CPF). If found guilty, the three face a fine of up to 1,000 Singapore dollars (SGD). Ms. Han faces an additional charge of organizing an ‘illegal demonstration’, which carries a penalty of up to SGD5,000. If Ms. Han’s fine exceeds SGD2,000, she would also be barred from standing for election for five years.

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