S’pore law ministry to review framework for granting bail after Sydney siege

S’pore law ministry to review framework for granting bail after Sydney siege

SINGAPORE - Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam said in a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon that he has requested for the Ministry of Law to review the framework for granting bail.

This is in response to the Sydney siege which caused the deaths of two hostages in Sydney, Australia on Monday.

In the post, Mr Shanmugam said: "Understand that the killer was out on bail, while being accused of a serious crime, and had a history. Calls for a careful re-look. I have asked MinLaw to review our framework for granting bail."

According to Australian media reports, the gunman responsible for the Sydney siege, Man Haron Monis, was allegedly out on bail for charges of being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, as well as more than 50 allegations of sexual assault.

In his Facebook post, Mr Shanmugam also saluted "the heroic duo who protected those in the cafe during the Sydney hostage situation", while adding that "(the) world is now afflicted with this madness - deranged men running amok, and using religion as an excuse to kill innocent people."

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the ministry condemned the siege, saying: "Singapore strongly condemns the hostage incident that took place in Sydney. We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of innocent lives and injuries. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Singapore stands in solidarity with the people and government of Australia.

"This incident highlights the danger posed to all societies by terrorism and extremist ideology, and underscores the need for continued vigilance in dealing with them," the statement added.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had sent a condolence letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott regarding the Sydney hostage incident.

The letter, release by the MFA, reads:

"Dear Prime Minister Abbott,

I have followed news of the hostage incident in Sydney with great concern. The hostage taker has committed an abominable crime, invoked the name of Islam in vain, and perpetrated an affront to all civilised societies. The incident reminds us of the threat that terrorism and extremism, and in particular the danger of self-radicalisation, pose to all societies.

The Australian police and officials acted with great professionalism in dealing with a very difficult situation. I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of innocent lives and injuries in the final outcome. But I have no doubt that they did what they needed to do, and helped to save many lives.

On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones. Singapore stands in solidarity with Australia."

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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