Police Report Was Lodged After NUS Student Held Sign With An Anti-Death Penalty Message : Reports


The Singapore police have received a report about a National University of Singapore (NUS) student after he held up a paper with an anti-death penalty message during his graduation ceremony.

According to the report by TodayOnline “The police confirm that a report was lodged and are looking into the matter,” they told in response to the media query.

The police did not say about who made the report.


The student named Luke Levy, posted a series of tweets on Twitter along with pictures of him on holding a sign that says “Abolish the death penalty. No to state murder. End poverty, not life. Blood on your hands.”

In a series of tweets Mr Luke wrote, “A story on the sign I held on stage at my graduation, calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Singapore. And how NUS tried their hardest to erase it”.

He also claimed in his tweets that the video of the ceremony on the NUS YouTube account did not show him walking across the stage with his printed paper.

An official photo he bought of the graduation event even censored the words on the paper, he further claimed.

Levy also claimed in his tweet that death row inmate Kalwant Singh made his last appeal for his life in court before his execution “around the time” of the graduation ceremony.

Kalwant Singh, 31-year-old Malaysian, was hanged on July 7, after he was given the death penalty in June 2016 for trafficking heroin. Singh was convicted in June 2016 of two charges involving 181.05g of heroin in total.

According to the report, Lawyers who spoke to TODAY Online said that the graduate may have violated the Public Order Act, which regulates assemblies and processions in public places. However, the lawyers added that it was debatable if NUS would be considered a public space.

Some senior lawyers said that, under Section 16, anyone who knowingly holds a public assembly or public procession without a permit can be liable for a fine of up to S$5,000.

However, it is debatable if NUS could be considered a public space.

Another lawyer said “it really depends on investigations into the whole matter, and not just based on his tweets”.

When contacted by Today for response, Mr Levy told that he had nothing more to say on the matter for now, except that he wanted to repeat his point that the death penalty should be abolished here.

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