SINGAPORE — Four men aged between 17 and 37 were on Tuesday (15 October) each charged with transmitting obscene materials via a Telegram chat group known as SG Nasi Lemak.
The four - Liong Tianwei, 37; Leonard Teo Min Xuan, 26; Justin Lee Han Shi, 19; and Abdillah Sabaruddin, 17 - were arrested at various locations across the island on Monday (15 October).
They appeared at the State Courts via video-link from Woodlands Police Division on Tuesday afternoon. The police prosecutor successfully applied for the men to be remanded for one week for further investigation, with permission to take the quartet out for investigative purposes, including scene visits.
The case will be mentioned in court again on 22 October. Some of the men are expected to face more charges.
The police on Monday said they received several reports against the Telegram chat group between 15 March and 3 October for circulating obscene materials and promoting vice activities.
The chat group, which had more than 44,000 members before it was shut down, shared voyeuristic images of women either clothed or nude. Images included upskirt photos, according to news reports.
The group was outed after more users started taking to Twitter to express their disgust over the nature of the images.
The police believe the two older suspects to have been the administrators of the Telegram group, while the two teenagers charged are suspected of distributing obscene materials. More than 10 electronic devices, including a central processing unit, a laptop, a harddisk and several mobile phones, were seized for investigations.
The maximum penalty the four accused persons face for each of their charges is up to 3 months’ jail and a fine.
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