Man arrested under OSA for sharing document linked to Tampines stabbing

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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(PHOTO: Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A 37-year-old man has been arrested under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for sharing an image of an official police document linked to last week's fatal stabbing incident in Tampines.

Police said in a news release on Monday (15 February) that they were informed on 10 February that an image of a Police Look-Out Message (LOM) sent out to various law enforcement agencies had been posted on social media and circulated over messaging applications among members of the public.

"The LOM was issued at about 7.30am to the agencies, after the police had established the identity of the suspect who was believed to be involved in a stabbing incident at Tampines, reported on the same day at about 6.30am," said the police.

Investigations showed that the man, who is a public servant from another agency and was authorised to receive the LOM, had allegedly taken a photograph of the document and shared it via WhatsApp with his friend, a 60-year-old man, who was not authorised to receive the information.

"The LOM was then further disseminated by the 60-year-old man to other unauthorised recipients, resulting in the wider circulation of the information," said the police.

Those convicted of wrongful communication of information under the OSA face a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail term of up to two years. Unauthorised recipients who share such information may also be similarly liable under the OSA.

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