Man, 60, arrested at Wakin Chau concert after making false bomb threat

A man was detained at a concert by Wakin Chau (pictured) after making a bomb joke during a security bag check, on Aug 26, 2017. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A 60-year-old man has been arrested for making a false bomb threat, at Wakin Chau's concert on Saturday (Aug 26) evening.

A security officer from the Singapore Indoor Stadium had detained a man, who claimed he had a bomb, and called the police at about 7.32pm.

Officers from Bedok Police Division responded and arrested the man. Preliminary investigations showed that he had no intention nor means to carry out his threat.

The Straits Times understands that the man was with his wife and a group of friends, and they were going through the bag check.

The security officer asked him if he had any water bottles with him, since bottled water is not permitted in the venue.

He replied that he had a bomb, intending it as a joke. But an Aetos officer overheard him and instructed the security officer to detain him. The matter was then referred to the police.

The man was arrested under Regulation 8(1) of the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations, in which it is an offence for someone to spread information known or believed to be false, with the intention of inducing a false belief that a terrorist act has been, is being, or will be carried out.

Anyone found guilty of the offence can be fined up to $100,000 or jailed up to five years, or both.

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