South Korean media personnel arrested for trespassing in North Korean ambassador's home

SINGAPORE - Two South Korean media personnel were arrested on Thursday (June 7) for trespassing in the North Korean ambassador's home.

The Singapore Police Force said on Friday that it received a call at 3.50pm on Thursday.

The Straits Times understands that officers went to the ambassador's Joo Chiat Lane home, where two South Koreans representing the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) News were being held.

They arrested the two men, aged 42 and 45, at the scene.

Police are also investigating two other South Koreans - a 31-year-old representative of the news network and a 29-year-old guide and interpreter for the group.

The three KBS News staff are not accredited media personnel in Singapore.

The police have reminded all foreigners to abide by local laws. Those who break the law will be dealt with firmly, and may face the termination of their visas or social visit passes, as well as repatriation, the police said.

Media personnel who commit offences in Singapore will not be accredited and may be barred from covering the June 12 summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said the police.

Anyone convicted of criminal trespass can be punished with imprisonment of up to three months, or a fine of up to $1,500, or both.