Man charged with taking part in an assembly outside Istana Park and High Street Centre

Yan Jun allegedly displayed two placards at Istana Park on March 2 this year.
Yan Jun allegedly displayed two placards at Istana Park on March 2 this year.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 40-year-old man was charged in court on Thursday (April 14) with two offences under the Public Order Act.

Yan Jun, a Singaporean, allegedly displayed placards stating "No Judicial Corruption in the Supreme Court of Singapore'' and one in Chinese which means "Protest against High Court of Singapore for miscarriage of justice'' at Istana Park on March 2 this year.

The charge says that the place where the assembly occurred was a prohibited area.

On Wednesday (April 13) he was arrested after he allegedly displayed the same placards in English and Chinese at High Street Centre along North Bridge Road at about 4.25pm.

No plea was taken.

The prosecution asked that he be remanded for psychiatric evaluation until April 28.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Yang Ziliang told the court that Yan may be suffering from a mental disorder such as persecutory delusional disorder and his mental state would be relevant, particularly his mental state at the time of the alleged offences.

Yan accused the police of being "corrupt'' in dealing with his protest permit. He also said among other things that the Istana Park is a public and not private place.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $5,000 on the first charge, and for the second, up to $3,000.