Singapore police probe three for IMF protest plan
Reuters | September 14, 2006
SINGAPORE - Three Singaporeans who were planning to distribute flyers criticizing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank were detained and their computers were seized, police said on Thursday.
Police said they received a tip-off that three Singaporeans may cause "disturbances" at the convention center where the IMF and World Bank meetings are being held, and then traced the identity of the men "as a security precaution".
The trio were called for questioning on Wednesday.
"Some pamphlets concerning IMF-related issues and some computer hardware have been seized for investigation," police spokesman Mohamed Razif said.
The move comes after the World Bank's sharp criticism of Singapore's tough restrictions on civil society groups. The city state has refused to relax a longstanding ban on public demonstrations during the Sept 11-20 meetings.
Razif said they were investigating the case of the three men under the Printing and Processing Materials Act.
The act states that those who possess materials which contain "any incitement to violence or counseling disobedience to the law", would be jailed for up to three years or fined, or both.
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