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Reform Party's Charles Yeo charged over remarks towards cop and Christians

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 19/1/2022 Wan Ting Koh

SINGAPORE — Opposition politician Charles Yeo was charged in court on Wednesday (19 January) over insulting remarks towards Christianity and a public servant.

Yeo, a well-known Reform Party (RP) member who ran in the 2020 General Election, was handed three charges under the Protection from Harassment Act and three charges for deliberately intending to wound religious feelings.

The 31-year-old Singaporean, who is also a criminal defence lawyer at Whitefield Law Corporation, is said to have posted a series of Instagram Stories with threatening, abusive and insulting remarks towards a police officer on 3 November 2020 and 11 January last year.

Yeo also allegedly made insulting remarks on his Instagram and Facebook accounts against the Christian community on three occasions on 13 November 2020, and 23 and 26 February 2021.

Yeo said through his lawyer Ashwin Ganapathy that Yeo will be disputing the charges for wounding religious feelings. No plea was taken.

Yeo was arrested last Wednesday for criminal breach of trust and forgery offences. He has not been charged over these offences and investigations are pending, the prosecution told the court.

Yeo's case will return to court for a pre-trial conference on 25 February.

Investigations against Whitefield are also ongoing, according to media reports. The law practice’s website states that it is under maintenance.

On Sunday, RP announced that its Central Executive Committee (CEC) had accepted Yeo's affair to step aside as party chair until his case is resolved.

Yeo ran as part of RP’s slate of candidates for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency in 2020. RP garnered 28.09 per cent of the vote share against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's People’s Action Party team.

If convicted of threatening remarks against a police officer, a person may be jailed up to a year, fined up to $5,000, or both.

If convicted of making remarks to wound the religious feelings of the Christian community, a person may be jailed up to three years, or fined, or both.

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