22 men charged with obstructing justice by alerting WhatsApp groups to raids
SINGAPORE: Twenty-two men were charged on Wednesday July 6 with obstructing the course of justice by informing WhatsApp chat groups about ongoing law enforcement operations.
The men are accused of sending the messages knowing that members of the chat group would likely take action to prevent violations from being detected in the area.
Sixteen of the men reportedly sent their messages to a chat group called “Night Owl” between January and April 2019, from late at night until the wee hours of the morning.
The men are: Abdul Hadi Zainuddin, Mervin Yeoh Wei Kian, Muhammad Rashidi Rashid, Muhammad Rasyidi Safiee, Daniel Seet Joo Tong, Muhammad Azhar Dawood, Goh Wei Jie, Brandon Chung, Muhammad Ikhmal Bin Ismail, Ang Whay Chong, Ong Wee Sen, Wilson Soon Jien Yang, Jeffrey Goh Hock Soon, Ilex Tan, Lim Poh Kian and B Barathkrishnan. They are between 29 and 49 years old.
The alleged messages, detailed in the charge sheets, appeared to name massage parlors and nightclubs where raids were taking place, including vehicle license plates, and the locations and number of security guards. police.
Another group of three men are accused of sending similar messages to a chat group called “UncleValet” on February 1, 2020. Lim Wei Xiong, Mah Chee Kean and Lim Song Huat are between 33 and 44 years old.
Two other men – Yam Jianwen, 27, and Raymund Reuben Mervyn, 42 – reportedly sent similar messages to the “Rolex Movement” chat group in April 2019.
One of the messages, allegedly sent by Mervyn, read: ‘My contact has informed me that it is CNB operation in the next three days all over the island’, referring to the Central Narcotics Bureau.
The remaining man, Chua Yong Dan, 32, reportedly sent similar messages to a chat group with a Chinese name that translates to “artillery regiment” on February 6, 2020.
Anyone found guilty of willfully obstructing the course of justice can be imprisoned for up to seven years, fined, or both.