Student assisting police with investigations into fake PMO post of Lee Kuan Yew's death

Student assisting police with investigations into fake PMO post of Lee Kuan Yew's death

SINGAPORE - A male Singaporean student below the age of 16 is currently assisting the police with investigations into a fake post announcing the death of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect was believed to have modified an earlier 2010 PMO media statement hosted on the PMO website.

He is believed to have operated alone, said police in a statement on Friday.

Police said he is assisting them with investigations for the offence of Access with Intent to Commit or Facilitate Commission of Offence.

Under the Computer Misuse and Cyberscecurity Act, the suspect faces a fine of up to $50,000 or jail term of up to 10 years, or both.

A screenshot photograph of a statement purportedly from the PMO website announcing Mr Lee's death was circulated on Wednesday night, after PMO had issued an update that Mr Lee was critically ill.

A police report was lodged by PMO and the suspect was detained within 24 hours.

Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sekher Warrier, advised members of public not to spread falsehoods.

"The Police take a very stern view against anyone who doctors a government website to spread false information to deceive the public.

"Individuals who do so must be prepared to face the consequences under the law," he said.

klim@sph.com.sg

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