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13 Men Arrested For Being Suspected To Be Members Of Unlawful Societies During Police Operations At Public Entertainment And Nightlife Establishments

The Police have arrested 13 men, aged between 19 and 26, for being suspected members of unlawful societies during a series of secret society suppression operations conducted between 10 to 17 March 2023. The operations were led by the Secret Societies Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department and supported by the seven Police Land Divisions.

More than 40 public entertainment outlets, nightlife establishments and food & beverage outlets, as well as close to 150 persons were also checked during the island-wide operations. Police investigations against all 13 individuals are ongoing.

Anyone found guilty of being a member of an unlawful society under Section 14(3) of the Societies Act 1966 shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for up to three years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

The Police have zero tolerance towards any secret society and unlawful activities that threaten the public safety, peace, and good order of the community, and will continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders to conduct regular enforcement operations at the various public entertainment and nightlife establishments and popular congregation hotspots. Firm action will be taken against anyone who is associated with the secret societies and choose to flout the law. Members of the public are also advised to steer clear of secret society activities and to report those engaging in such unlawful activities to the Police immediately.


17 March 2023 @ 10:17 AM
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