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Seven men accused of ill-treatment of public officials

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Seven men between the ages of 19 and 57 will be tried on Thursday (May 16) in separate cases of mistreatment of public officials, police said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the police provided details of the seven cases committed between April 2018 and January 2019. The men will be accused of using arbitrary language and criminal force against public officials, as well as causing voluntary injuries.

In one incident on July 8 last year, a 19-year-old man was caught fishing illegally at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve by an officer of the National Parks Board. He allegedly pushed her and used a elbow to hit her arm and chest.

On April 7, 2018, a 57-year-old man was allegedly bumped into and pushed by an executive from the National Environmental Agency when he was scavenged along the Northbridge Road.

In another case, a 27-year-old man was charged with assaulting a paramedic from the Singapore Civil Defense Force while seeking medical treatment at Tan Took Seng Hospital. The incident occurred on January 1.

Other cases detailed payment, assault and assault on the police.

If convicted, men can be imprisoned and fined.

"Police have no tolerance for these acts of violence against public officials who perform their duties and will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law," it said in the statement.

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