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Man arrested after threatening PM Lee on Facebook

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A 45-year-old man was arrested on Friday for his suspected involvement in inciting violence against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The police said they received a report at about 3.10pm on Friday regarding a threat inciting violence against the prime minister.

The threat was made in a comment on CNA’s Facebook page on a post about the shooting of former Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Central Police Division established the identity of the Facebook user.

The man was arrested within five hours of the report, said the police, adding that a laptop, a tablet and four handphones were seized. Police investigations are ongoing.

Anyone convicted of the offence of making or communicating any electronic record containing any incitement to violence face up to five years’ jail, a fine, or both.

“The police will not condone any acts that incite violence in Singapore.”

Case exhibits seized by the police. PHOTO: CNA