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Charles Yeo, 31, a Singaporean lawyer and opposition politician, is wanted by Singapore police.
This was after he failed to return to Singapore from Vietnam on July 30, and instead went to the UK, effectively violating the judicial terms authorizing his trips abroad for work while he was on bail.
Police released Yeo’s wanted status publicly
Yeo’s wanted status was disclosed by Singapore Police in a press release on Aug. CN and The Straits Times reported.
Authorities said they are working with foreign law enforcement to trace Yeo’s whereabouts and have released a publication for Yeo’s arrest after he went into hiding.
Yeo, whose full name is Charles Yeo Yao Hui, had been authorized by the court to travel to Vietnam for work.
But he flew to the UK instead of returning to Singapore.
According to the police report, state courts authorized Yeo on July 20 to travel to Vietnam for work between July 27 and 30.
Police said Yeo presented himself to the investigating officer on July 26 to collect his passport, give up his itinerary and pay extra bail to his bailiff for his July 27 departure.
Under the terms of Yeo’s application to leave Singapore, he was required to report to the investigative officer at 6:00 PM on August 1, to surrender his passport upon return.
The former Reform Party chairman did not return on July 30.
Police said they received a report from his bailiff on July 31 stating that Yeo had not returned to Singapore on July 30 and was unreachable.
Police added that “he failed to report to the investigating officer on August 1,” and tried to contact Yeo that day, but to no avail.
Police have issued a police sheet for Yeo’s arrest for violating the court’s terms of approval for his overseas trip.
What Yeo Said So Far
Although Yeo was unavailable to the police and his bailiff, he remained publicly accessible on Instagram, where he consistently posts content.
Yeo said in a series of Instagram stories on Saturday, July 30, that he was seeking “political asylum” in the UK, in what was a revelation.
“This is a very painful and difficult decision for me to make,” he said.
“I had left everything behind.”
He said his girlfriend, close friends and lawyers were not aware of his decision to apply for asylum.
He even claimed that he will not receive a fair trial in Singapore and his legal problems include “attacks on a young political activist” and “politically motivated”.
This announcement came after he repeatedly claimed in recent months that criminal charges against him are “politically motivated”.
Yeo apologized to his lawyers, Ashwin Ganapathy and Azri Tan.
Regarding them, he wrote, “I believe that if the court were impartial they could easily justify me, but I don’t think even the best lawyer can do anything in politically motivated cases.”
Yeo also claimed that he “didn’t embezzle a single cent”.
CN reported that police are aware of Yeo’s social media posts.
Yeo is charged and under investigation for other crimes
Yeo was charged in January 2022 for allegedly harassing a police officer and wounding the religious feelings of Christians.
These violations were allegedly due to a number of social media posts he posted online.
Police added that Yeo is also on police bail as he is currently under investigation for separate offenses of alleged criminal breach of trust by a lawyer and forgery.
Complaints were filed against Whitefield Law Corporation, where Yeo was a former partner.
One of Yeo’s lawyers, Ganapathy of IRB Law, said his client had never told him about the plan to move to the UK. CN reported.
The lawyer said he will fire himself as counsel.
Yeo stepped down as chairman of his party after his arrest in January 2022.
He was part of the Reform Party’s five-man squad to compete in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the 2020 general election against a team led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Yeo dabbled in the non-fungible token space in March 2022 to raise money for his legal troubles.
His candid and unchecked narrowcasting of his views on social media has resulted in him engaging and winning fans, and spawning detractors in equal measure.
Top photos via TBEN YouTube & Charles Yeo Instagram