SINGAPORE, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Another three persons, all Indian nationals, were charged in relation to the rioting that happened in Singapore's Little India on Sunday night, increasing the total number of accused to 27, the police updated the information on Wednesday.
The police said they had arrested eight more subjects as of 6: 00 a.m. on Wednesday. Among them, one was released on bail while further investigations revealed that the other four subjects were not involved in the incident. They have all been released from police custody.
The three accused were charged in courts under the offense of rioting just as the first group of 24 persons. If convicted, they face up to seven years imprisonment, and with caning.
All the three suspects have been remanded for further investigations and will return to court on Jan. 18.
A lawyer representative from the Law Society of Singapore's Pro Bono Service Office appeared at the court and said they are looking to offer legal aid to the three accused through their volunteer lawyers. He had done the same thing on Tuesday to provide legal help for the first 24 suspects.
The riot involving some 400 South Asian workers broke out on Sunday evening after a fatal traffic accident in which a worker from India was knocked down by a private bus at Little India, a district known for its distinctive Indian culture.
It was the biggest riot in Singapore in some 40 years, as the city state has been known as one of the safest cities. A total of 22 police officers, 12 Singapore Civil Defense Force officers and five auxiliary police officers were injured in the incident.
SINGAPORE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- 24 persons, all Indian nationals, will be charged in court on Tuesday afternoon due to involvement in the riot in Singapore's Little India that happened on Sunday night, the police said early on Tuesday morning.
The police arrested 27 subjects initially, and arrested another one on Monday. The police said after investigation, four of them were not involved in the riot and they were released from police custody. Full story