The Singapore Police Force told the media today that they have taken into custody a young, male Singaporean student suspect under 16 years-old to assist in investigations into a hoax media statement about Lee Kuan Yew’s death.

At 10pm on Wednesday, the SPF received reports about a hoax media statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, which alleged that Lee Kuan Yew had died at 5.30pm on 18th March.

Police established the identity of the originator of the image within 24 hours. The investigations so far show that the suspect had modified a 2010 media statement hosted on PMO, which reported on the death of the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew, and sent out a photo of the modified statement.

Police believe the suspect acted alone.

The boy could face charges of “Intent to Commit or Facilitate Commission of Offence under Section 4(1) of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Chapter 50A”, which means he could face a fine not exceeding $50,000 or jailed up to 10 years or both.

The SPF has advised the public not to spread falsehoods and said that it takes a “stern view” against anyone who doctors a Government website to spread false information and deceive the general public.

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