SINGAPORE - A man who claimed he was unable to marry his fiancee because his stolen identity card was used for another marriage is now being investigated by police.
Media reports in February said that Mr Mohamad Norizuan Shazali, 26, and his fiancee were unable to go through with the solemnisation at the Registry of Muslim Marriages after officials found that he was already registered in a civil marriage. Records showed he married an Indian national in 2012.
Mr Mohamad Norizuan claimed then that he had lost his IC in June 2012 and suspected it was misused.
But yesterday, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing refuted the man's claims, on his Facebook page.
He said that upon reading media reports on the matter, he asked staff to find out what happened.
"Now police investigation has shown that there's more than meets the eye," he said, linking to a police statement released on Thursday.
Police said a 26-year-old man made a police report on Feb 10 that someone had assumed his identity to register a civil marriage to a foreigner.
After investigations by the police, the Immigration Checkpoints Authority and Registry of Marriages, the police now believe the man provided false information regarding his identity card's loss.
However, they could not locate him subsequently as he had stopped returning home and had left his earlier job.
He was eventually arrested last Wednesday for a separate case of criminal breach of trust, and charged in court for that offence on Friday.
Investigations into whether he gave false information to the police are ongoing.
According to Lianhe Wanbao, the police found that Mr Mohamad Norizuan had knowingly entered into his first marriage. The paper said he was eventually nabbed at his current workplace.
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