Statements by the Indonesian social media, which claim that Singapore has detained 2 Indonesian activists at Changi Airport on Saturday, 4 June , are false, says the Singapore Embassy to Jakarta.

According to the embassy statement, the 2 Indonesian activists from ‘Teman Ahok’ were caught with plans to conduct political activities, including an attempt to raise campaign funds, in Singapore. Singapore authorities had stopped the duo for an interview and repatriated them back to Indonesia when they arrived in Singapore on Saturday after their intentions were discovered.

The embassy statement read: “They informed immigration authorities that they were in Singapore to conduct political activities including raising campaign funds. They were therefore denied entry into Singapore and arrangements were made for them to return to Indonesia.

“They were aware that they were not allowed to conduct any political activities in Singapore but nevertheless still decided to travel to Singapore.”

Teman Ahok, or “Friends of Ahok”, is a volunteer group campaigning for Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to run as an independent candidate in the 2017 gubernatorial election in Indonesia.

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