Man to be charged for hoax terror attack on 2005 NDP

Singapore National Day Parade. (Photo: Reuters)

A 42-year-old man will be charged on Friday (5 October) for a hoax terror attack in relation to the 2005 National Day Parade.

Police were alerted by the former Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) on 24 July 2005 about an email from an unknown sender stating that there would be a terrorist attack during that year’s National Day Parade. Investigations found that the email was sent from overseas, and the sender’s identity was established.

On 26 May this year, the suspect flew into Singapore from London, and was arrested at Changi Airport.

“Subsequent investigations revealed that the suspect was believed to have sent the false information of a terrorist attack to MICA to cause unnecessary alarm, so that resources would be deployed to look into the information,” police said.

The man will be charged with giving false information to a public servant. If convicted, he faces jail of up to a year, or fined a maximum of $5,000, or both.