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Bloggers charged for racist remarks

Singapore authorities get tough

Two Singaporean bloggers have been charged under the country's Sedition Act for allegedly posting racist remarks online, according to a source familiar with the case.

Nicholas Lim Yew and Benjamin Koh Song Huat are accused of posting racist remarks on a weblog, or blog, and have been charged with committing a seditious act by promoting ill will and hostility between different races in Singapore, the source said.

The two men have been charged in court and were released on bail of S$10,000 (£3,272) each, according to our source.

Stanley Norbert, a Singapore Police Force spokesman, confirmed the substance of the charges levelled against Lim and Koh. However, he declined to comment on specific details of the case, noting that the charges are currently pending in court.

Singapore's Sedition Act makes it illegal "to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore." An individual convicted of violating the act can be fined up to £1,634 and jailed for up to three years for a first offence. Subsequent convictions can result in a jail term of up to five years.


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