Making citizen's arrest carries risks: Lawyers

They caution public not to break laws while detaining a suspect

Members of the public subdued a 46-year-old man who allegedly took upskirt videos of a woman on Nov 1, 2019.
Members of the public subdued a 46-year-old man who allegedly took upskirt videos of a woman on Nov 1, 2019.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Members of the public can make a citizen's arrest if they see a crime being committed but they must not break any laws in the process, said lawyers.

Their comments come after an incident on Nov 1 when a 46-year-old man died after being subdued by five passers-by, one of whom said he had seen the man taking upskirt videos of a woman at Little India MRT station.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2019, with the headline 'Making citizen's arrest carries risks: Lawyers'. Subscribe