South Korean reporters arrested for allegedly trespassing into North Korean ambassador’s home
Probably chasing for an exclusive scoop ahead of next week’s summit, two South Korean media personnel were arrested yesterday for allegedly trespassing into the residence of the North Korean ambassador. The police were alerted to the case about 3:50pm yesterday but stopped short of mentioning where they deployed.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) is currently investigating a case of criminal trespass into the residence of the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; the official, formal name for the hermit kingdom. The two arrested men — aged 42 and 45 — were representing the Korean Broadcasting System News (KBSN), the national public broadcaster of South Korea. A third South Korean KBSN representative, a 31-year-old man, is also under investigations in relation to the case.
All three KBSN representatives, according to the police, were not accredited media personnel here. Even if they were, they would have had their accreditations canceled for committing an offense in Singapore, SPF was quick to remind.
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“Members of the media who commit any offence in Singapore will also not be accredited and thus will not be able to cover the Summit between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” SPF wrote.
Meanwhile, a 29-year-old South Korean man who acted as the trio’s guide and interpreter, is also under investigations.
If convicted of criminal trespass, the men may be punished with up to three months in prison and/or a $1,500 fine.
News of the arrests arrived in the midst of aggressive ramping up of security measures across two designated zones for the upcoming summit at Sentosa’s Capella Hotel next week. US President Donald Trump is expected to arrive this Sunday and bunk in at Shangri-La Hotel, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to be staying at The St Regis.
In their statement, SPF reminded all foreign visitors to abide by Singapore laws. “Those who break the law will be dealt with firmly, and this may include termination of visas and repatriation,” it stated.
Though it may be news to some, North Korean does have an embassy in Singapore. In 2016, the North Korean embassy moved from its previous bungalow digs along Joo Chiat Lane to the lofty High Street Centre building at 1 North Bridge Road — just across Parliament House, the Supreme Court and the National Gallery.
Strangely enough, someone who has been working in an office right across the North Korean embassy here has neither seen nor spoken to anyone entering the embassy, Reuters reported.
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