SINGAPORE - Five Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel will be charged on Wednesday (July 25) in relation to the death of full-time national serviceman Corporal Kok Yuen Chin.
They are Mohammad Nur Fatwa Mahmood, 33; Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh, 34; Kenneth Chong Chee Boon, 37; Nazhan Mohamed Nazi, 40; and Adighazali Suhaimi, 32.
Staff Sergeant Mohammad Nur Fatwa will be charged for a rash act causing death and abetting the obstruction of the course of justice by instigation.
First Warrant Officer Mohamed Farid will be charged for abetting a rash act causing death.
Lieutenant Chong and First Senior Warrant officer Nazhan will each be charged with abetting a rash act causing grievous hurt by illegal omission.
Staff sergeant Adighazali will be charged for intentionally obstructing the course of justice.
The police said in a statement on Wednesday that they have referred eight other officers who were present during the incident to the SCDF for departmental investigations.
Cpl Kok, 22, died after he was found unconscious inside a pump well at Tuas View Fire Station on May 13.
The Singapore permanent resident had been celebrating his impending operationally ready date with his squad mates, which involved him getting into the pump well as part of ragging activities. He would have completed his service in two days.
A day after his death, two regular SCDF officers were arrested in relation to the incident and also suspended from service on half-pay pending the outcome of investigations.
The duo - a First Warrant Officer and a Staff Sergeant - were Cpl Kok's colleagues who worked on the same shift duty at the fire station.
Shortly after the arrests, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that four more officers were under investigation and had their promotions withheld as a result.