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Khor Chye Siew, 42, was charged in court today (Oct 5) with providing false information with the intent to cause a public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person.
According to The Straits Times, court documents state that Khor had sent an e-mail anonymously to Ms Sarina Isnin, an officer from the then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), at 10am on July 24, 2005, knowing she would report it to the police.
He wrote: "There is gonna be three suicide bombings during your country's 40th National Day Parade, I know who and where these crooks are."
Khor added that the authorities had two weeks to take action.
Police investigations revealed that the email was sent from overseas, and Khor's identity was then established.
On May 26, he flew into Singapore from London and was arrested at Changi Airport.
Subsequent investigations revealed that he was believed to have sent the false information to MICA to cause unnecessary alarm, so that resources would be deployed to look into the information.
If found guilty, he could be jailed up to a year and fined up to $5,000.
The police would like to remind the public that police resources could have been put to better use in dealing with real crimes and emergencies than investigating false reports or false information.
Those who lodge false police reports or provide false information will face serious consequences under the law.