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Singapore opposition politician arrested for allegedly threatening election officials

Associated Press Writer

SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singapore opposition politician was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening the country's election officials, a day after he failed to win a seat in national elections, an aide said.

Workers' Party candidate James Gomez was arrested Sunday for alleged "criminal intimidation," his aide Jacob George said. Gomez was attempting to leave the country but was stopped by immigration officials, who turned him over to the police.

"We don't know the specifics, but it could be due to the minority certificate," said George, referring to an incident when Gomez initially accused officials of misplacing his election papers more than a week before Saturday's election.

He subsequently apologized after security camera footage showed he put the form into his bag. The academic claimed he was distracted.

Gomez was part of a five-member Workers' Party team that contested a multimember ward against the ruling People's Action Party, where a minority candidate is compulsory.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's PAP won 82 of 84 seats in Singapore's 10th general elections since independence in 1965.

"Police received a complaint against James Gomez from the Elections Department, and police are investigating," said police spokeswoman Siow Cheng Cheng. She did not elaborate.

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with policy, said Gomez has not been charged. If found guilty for criminal intimidation, Gomez could be jailed for up to seven years.

It is not immediately clear why the elections department waited till after the polls to file the complaint.

The incident was played up by ruling party politicians and local media, which rarely deviate from the government line.

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, called Gomez, 40, "a liar" and a "bad egg."

"He's not a fool ... He's saying he's got brains," elder statesman Lee was quoted on state-broadcaster Channel NewsAsia's Web site as saying. "Well, what do you use those brains for?"

Lee is the father of the current prime minister and wields considerable influence as "Minister Mentor" in his son's cabinet.

The PAP said they targeted Gomez, a researcher with a Stockholm-based institute, as it was an issue of credibility. sad.gif
Oh yes it is true..

WP's Gomez detained over Elections Department complaint

SINGAPORE : James Gomez, the man at the centre of a controversy with the Elections Department over a minority candidate certificate, has been detained by police.

In a statement, police said they were investigating after receiving a complaint against Mr Gomez from the Elections Department.....

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew called Mr Gomez a liar, a charge he repeated on Sunday before police confirmed they had detained the Workers' Party candidate.

Said Mr Lee, "When I call a man openly, you're a liar, you're dishonest, and you do not dare to sue me, there's something basically wrong. And I will repeat it anywhere and you can't go and say, oh, I have apologised; let's move on. Can you commit a dishonourable -- maybe even one which is against the law -- an illegal act and say, let's move on because I've apologised? You may move on but you're going to move on out of politics in time."
Watz Tom Cruise and James Gomez have in common


Tom stars in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 1.2.3,the other features in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE G.R.C.
Tom stars in MINORITY REPORT,the other never submit his MINORITY REPORT
Tom stars in LAST SAMURAI,the other perhaps his LAST LUANCHULAI
Tom stars in A FEW GOOD MEN,the other drag down ONE GOOD WOMAN
Tom stars in TOPGUN,the other went against all TOPGUNS
Tom stars in DAYS OF THUNDER,the other kenna NIGHTS OF LIGHTNING
Tom stars in COCKTAIL,the other came up with his COCK AND BULL TALE
Tom stars in FAR AND AWAY,the other tries to leave FAR AND AWAY
And finally Tom is under TOTAL CRUISE CONTROL while our friend is taking a CRUISE TO NOWHERE AND SOON LOSING TOTAL CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Haahah.. Doc good one.
white horse T1
" If found guilty for criminal intimidation, Gomez could be jailed for up to seven years"

this is serious business.
Sadly, this probably only happen in Singapore.
Electorial candidates doing "stunts" is not rare.

Getting caught in the act by CCTV and being called up for investigation probably is hysterical.gif
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