SINGAPORE - A total of 53 migrant workers involved in the Dec 8 riot are being repatriated. The actions of these 53 workers during the riot ranged from obstructing the police to failing to obey police orders to disperse, police investigations showed.
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Here is the full statement from Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee :
You will remember from Tuesday's press conference that we have categorised the persons involved in the riot of 8 Dec in Little India into three groups.
Group One: Charged
The first group is made up of persons who, based on police investigations, were found to be actively involved in the violence, and who had damaged property, defied police orders or incited others to do so. These individuals have been formally charged in court and are currently in remand.
Group Two: Repatriated
In comparison, persons in Group Two have not been charged in court as their involvement, based on our evidence, was assessed to be less egregious. They had knowingly joined or continued to participate in the riot, after being ordered to disperse, or had impeded riot control and emergency rescue operations. There are 53 persons in this second group and they were brought in by police in an early morning operation on Tuesday.
I can report that all 53 have been repatriated to their home countries after receiving stern police warnings and being served with immigration removal orders. They will not be allowed to enter Singapore again.
On Tuesday, I informed the media that seven persons who were previously charged in court had their charges withdrawn by the prosecution. Of these seven, four have been issued with stern police warnings. These four have also been served with immigration removal orders and are expected to be repatriated to India later tonight. The four of them enjoyed full access to consular assistance, and were also seen by members of the Committee of Inquiry.
When the last of these four are removed, bringing the total number repatriated to 57, the repatriation operation arising from police investigations into the Little India riots will, more or less, come to an end.