Ello Ed Mundsel Bello arrested, charged under Sedition Act
Ello Ed Mundsel Bello was arrested and charged in court on Tuesday (April 7).
The 28-year-old Filipino was charged under the Sedition Act with promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore.
He was also charged with providing false information to a public servant.
Bello gained infamy here after his offensive anti-Singaporean comments on Facebook went viral at the start of the year.
In one post, he allegedly vowed to "evict" Singaporeans from their country and wrote that "Pinoy better and stronger than Stinkaporeans".
He later claimed that his social media account had been hacked and made a police report.
At that time, he was working as a nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was fired in January.
Police said in a press release on Tuesday that it takes "a stern view of acts that could threaten social harmony in Singapore".
It added: "Furthermore, the lodging of false police reports ties up valuable police resources which could have been deployed to deal with other crimes. It is a serious offence and those who provide false information will face the full weight of the law."
Anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes in Singapore faces a fine of up to $5,000, or up to three years' jail, or both.
Anyone found guilty of giving information which he knows to be false to a public servant could be jailed for up to one year, or fined up to $5,000, or both.