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Facebook user charged in Singapore over photo mischief

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 19, 2012
A former engineer has been dragged to the court for posting a doctored photo of a soldier about to shoot former deputy prime minister of Singapore, Wong Kan Seng.

In what is believed to be the first trial of its kind in Singapore, a Facebook user went on trial on Wednesday (18 Jan) for posting a doctored photo on the social network.

According to a report published in The Straits Times today, the user, Gary Yue Mun Yew, 36, has been accused by a member of the public of posting a doctored photo of a soldier about to shoot former deputy prime minister of Singapore, Wong Kan Seng.

Yew, who worked with ST Kinetics till last July, also allegedly created a link to a video of an Egyptian president being assassinated. Alongside, he commented that it should be re-enacted at the National Day Parade in the city state.

In the dock, the former engineer denied inciting violence, and accepted that his posting was a "stupid mistake". According to the report, he said his Facebook posts were harmless satire that helped him relieve work-related stress.

The district judge will deliver his verdict on 16 Feb. If convicted, Yew could be jailed for up to five years and fined on each of the two charges.

 

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