An 18-year-old was arrested after claiming that an explosive device was planted and would blow up at the National Day Parade venue on 9 August.
He was arrested for his suspected involvement in communicating false information that the “device” would blow up at The Float @ Marina Bay.
The youth said tweeted on National Day that the device was planted under a seat at Row 27 of the NDP venue.
The Singapore Police Force was alerted to the social media post on Twitter at about 7.10pm on 9 August about the hoax.
Officers then established the suspect’s identity from the Criminal Investigation Department and Ang Mo Kio Police Division.
He was subsequently arrested within 2 hours of the crime being reported, and two mobile phones were also seized as case exhibits.
According to the police’s preliminary investigations, no suspicious items were found at the location.
Singapore Police Force’s statement
The Police have arrested an 18-year-old man for his suspected involvement in communicating false information of a harmful thing.
On 9 August 2022 at about 7.10 pm, the Police were informed that an unknown person had posted on a Twitter account, suggesting that there was an item that would “blow up”, under the seat at Row 27 of The Float at Marina Bay, where the National Day Parade was held.
Through immediate follow-up investigations, officers from Criminal Investigation Department and Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him within two hours of the reported crime. Preliminary investigations revealed that there were no suspicious items found at The Float at Marina Bay. Two mobile phones have been seized as case exhibits.
Police investigations are ongoing. The offence of communicating false information of a harmful thing under Section 268A of the Penal Code 1871, carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years, a fine which may extend to $50,000, or both.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
10 August 2022 @ 6:30 PM