Why wasn't 'Messiah' charged for instigation

Why wasn't 'Messiah' charged for instigation

One "Messiah", several alleged hackings later, and now 25 other people are in trouble with the law.

Of these 25, who are aged between 17 and 45, five have been charged in court and the rest are assisting the police in investigations.

But why wasn't anyone charged in court as an instigator?

Four lawyers The New Paper spoke to on Wednesday said that hackers who leave messages calling for an unlawful assembly can be considered as instigators and be charged as if they had committed the crime themselves.

ROLE PLAYED

Speaking in general, lawyer Shashi Nathan from KhattarWong said there are laws here that recognise the role played by instigators.

Said Mr Nathan: "A person can be charged with abetment of an offence that he or she instigated.

"Ultimately, it depends on the role he or she played in instigating others."

A section in the Penal Code states that a person who makes any document or electronic record containing an incitement to violence or breach of peace shall be punished with up to five years in jail or a fine, or both.

Criminal lawyer Luke Lee said that the instigator will be treated as if he or she committed the crime and can be given the same punishment.

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