Two arrested for sending threatening letters and hell notes to ministers

The Straits Times understands that the letters were written in English and had hell notes attached to them.
The Straits Times understands that the letters were written in English and had hell notes attached to them.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Among the Cabinet ministers who received the letters were Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Among the Cabinet ministers who received the letters were Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.PHOTOS: REUTERS, LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested two people, aged 18 and 53, for their suspected involvement in sending threatening letters and hell notes to four Cabinet ministers and a reporter. 

The Straits Times understands the 18-year-old is a woman, while the 53-year-old is a man.

Between April 27 and May 4, the police received several reports that threatening letters related to the closure of the Sungei Road flea market had been sent to these individuals, under the name of the chairman of the Sungei Road flea market's association.

Among the Cabinet ministers who received the letters were Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

The Straits Times understands that the letters were written in English and had hell notes attached to them.

Officers from the Central Division and Criminal Investigation Department identified the two suspects and arrested them on Thursday (May 4).

 

Handwritten letters, mobile phones, a laptop, envelopes and hell notes were seized after their arrest.

The case has been classified as criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication under Section 507 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the suspects are liable to up to two years' imprisonment, in addition to the punishment in Section 506 - punishment for criminal intimidation - of up to two years' imprisonment, a fine, or both.

Speaking to The Straits Times, Mr Koh Eng Khoon, chairman of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods at Sungei Road flea market, said: "I've been cooperating with the police. I'm glad that they have arrested the two suspects. I hope the right people will be punished."

Investigations are still ongoing.