Deporting foreigners 'provided for in the law'

Deporting foreigners 'provided for in the law'

SINGAPORE - Laws such as the Immigration Act empower the authorities here to deport foreigners deemed to have posed a threat to the safety and security of Singapore.

"These 53 persons by their actions, by what they have done, satisfy the conditions," Deputy Commissioner of Police T. Raja Kumar said on Wednesday.

He was addressing the issue of due process with regard to a planned repatriation of 53 migrant workers over their involvement in the Dec 8 riot.

"So, the assessment has been made and the removal order has been given for them to be repatriated back to their countries," he said. "This is provided for in the law."

Mr Raja Kumar's comments came after civil society group Workfair Singapore said they appealed to the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants over the deportation of the workers.

They include 52 Indian nationals and one from Bangladesh.

Mr Raja Kumar also addressed allegations made by a few of the suspected rioters in court on Tuesday of assault by police officers during their detention.

He said the police take a serious view of all complaints, each of which will be investigated.

"If criminal charges are disclosed, the police will not hesitate to take criminal action against the officer concerned," he said.

"However, if the allegations are found to be false, appropriate action, in accordance with our laws, will be taken against any persons who have furnished false information to the police."

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