Healing the Divide founder, Iris Koh, was denied bail again today (31 Jan) after her lawyer had applied for her to be released for the Chinese New Year festive period.
The founder of the anti-vaccine group has been in remand for a week and have filed application for bail with the High Court after her previous application for bail with the State Courts was rejected last Friday.
Her cheating charge had also been changed to a heavier charge which is being a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
She is alleged to work with Jipson Quah, the doctor involved in defrauding the Ministry of Health (MOH) by faking vaccination statuses of people who have not received them.
The judge on Monday rejected her application for bail citing that there was no merit on Koh’s part due to her efforts in making investigations harder.
She had tore up a charge sheet and police statement while in remand.
Koh was warded in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) where the hearing was heard at.
The prosecution was against her bail application as she was needed for further investigations and her behaviour shows that she does not want to cooperate.
Her two co-accused, Quah and Chua were both offered bail today.
Happenings during remand
Koh was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) after she was arrested on 21 Jan.
She had claimed to be suffering from anxiety as well as panic attacks but refused to let a doctor from the IMH do a check on her.
However on the following day, she could give her statement to the police and also read and sign it.
She was charged on 23 Jan and had asked to go back to IMH where she was discharged after being assessed to be fit mentally.
On day four of her remand she wanted to file a report against an investigation officer and authorities acceded to her request and she had a lot to say which caused the whole process to take more than four hours.
On day five, she complained of discomfort but rejected to be brought to IMH and after her dinner and rest she was taken for another statement to be recorded.
She refused to read the statement and tore it up.
She was taken to SGH on 26 January as she complained of discomfort and anxiety and had a fast heartbeat when checked on.
She was then warded there due to her condition of hyperthyroidism.
She refused to be discharged as she claimed her heart was still beating very fast and therefore the heavier charge was read to her in SGH with an appropriate adult present.
This time, she had a change of attitude and spewed vulgarities at an officer.
This made the appropriate adult afraid and caused her not to be willing to sign on the charge sheet either.
On 28 January, Koh complained of a headache again and refused medication.
She also tore up the charge sheet at SGH and caused a ruckus, forcing the authorities to restrain her and formally charge her with the heavier sentence in a private setting.
Image source: Iris Koh/Facebook