Updated: 12/18/2013 02:21

Police investigations into riot completed, 53 workers to be repatriated, and 28 prosecuted



Police investigations into riot completed, 53 workers to be repatriated, and 28 prosecuted

Police investigations into the Little India riot have been substantially completed - with another 53 foreign workers rounded up this morning. 

They had participated in the riot, and had failed to disperse police orders to do so, threatening public order. 

They will be repatriated with a stern warning - and banned from returning to Singapore. 

And out of the 35 charged in court, 28 were described as "active participants" who had committed acts of violence, damaged property, and defied police orders or incited others to do so. 

These include attacking uniformed personnel, and damaging police and civil defence vehicles. 

Charges against the remaining seven will be dropped. 

Speaking at a news conference, Mr Teo, who is also Home Affairs Minister, says anoyone who commits an offence will face the full weight of the law. 

"There is no justification for the lawlessness and lawless behaviour that night which disrupted public order and posed a danger to life and safety. We have taken strong and decisive measures to charge and to repatriate those who took part in the riot, to send a strong signal that we will not tolerate actions by anyone which threaten law and order in Singapore."

Out of some 4,000 persons interviewed since the riot, 420 of them were called up for investigations.

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