S'pore teen charged over impersonating Johor royalty

The Singaporean teen had claimed on his Instagram account to be a member of the Johor royal family.
The Singaporean teen had claimed on his Instagram account to be a member of the Johor royal family.PHOTO: THE STAR

JOHOR BARU • A Singaporean teenager was charged yesterday at the juvenile magistrate's court in Johor Baru over posing as the grandchild of the Sultan of Johor.

The 15-year-old boy had claimed to be a member of the Johor royal family on his Instagram social media account.

He was spotted by his Instagram followers while shopping at Plaza Angsana in Tampoi at around 4.30pm on Aug 6.

The teenager, who attends school in Singapore, was charged under Section 419 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail, a fine or both upon conviction.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges that were read to him in the magistrate's Chambers.

Magistrate Salina Omar fixed Jan 5 for mention of the case and set RM4,000 (S$1,300) as bail with two sureties.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali appeared for the prosecution while lawyer Muhammad Ashraff Mohd Diah represented the teenager.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore teen charged over impersonating Johor royalty'. Print Edition | Subscribe