SINGAPORE - The duo behind socio-political website The Real Singapore (TRS) have been charged with sedition Tuesday morning.
According to a statement from the Singapore Police Force, 26-year-old Singaporean, Yang Kai Heng, and 22-year-old Australian, Ai Takagi, will each face seven counts under the Sedition Act.
The couple were arrested on Feb 4 after an article from a contributor was published on TRS, alleging that a Filipino family's complaint over noise from drummers led to a scuffle during the Thaipusam procession on Feb 3.
The contributor clarified on another site that the allegations of a Filipino family involved in the incident were untrue, reported The Straits Times.
The couple also face one count under the Penal Code for allegedly failing to produce documents including revenue information on advertising on TRS on March 26.
A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for May 12.
Under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes in Singapore shall be fined up to $5,000 or face imprisonment of up to three years, or both.
In addition, anyone found guilty of omission to produce a document(s) or an electronic record(s) to a public servant under the Penal Code shall be punished with a jail term of one month, or a fine of up to $1,500, or both.