Singapore, Mikey Farra Brosz, who is pushing AIDS information in Singapore, has not been charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) in 2016, as he has already faced other charges with heavier penalties.
This was revealed by Health Minister Kim Yong Garden in Parliament on Tuesday (February 12).
Brochez and his partner Ler Teck and Siang were both charged in court in June 2016.
The American was charged with offenses under the Drug Abuse Act, the Penal Code and Infectious Diseases Act. The Attorney-General of France (AGC) decides on the charges, Mr. Gan said.
"AGC decided not to charge it under the OSA because they estimated that it is likely he was sentenced to a fine only, or at most a few weeks in prison."
This was because there was not much information at this stage, and Brosz used the information mainly to complain to government agencies.
"He has already faced a large number of fraud and drug-related clauses, which have carried out heavier penalties, and AGC has estimated that any prison term under the OSA may be concurrently with prison terms serving other offenses," Mr. Gan said.
As such, Brochez was issued with a severe warning about the OSA offense.
Meanwhile, Ler, formerly head of the National Public Health Unit (NPHU), was charged under the Penal Code and OSA.
His indictment stated that he had access to HIV registration as part of his previous position as head of NPHU, and failed to properly handle the information by not holding a finger drive where he kept the HIV record.
In September 2018, he was convicted of committing fraud and gave false information to the police and the Ministry of Health, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. He appealed this, with the hearing scheduled for the following month.
On two occasions in 2008 and 2013, in Wroclaw, which is HIV, he contacted Lerner to submit fake blood tests to the Employment Office.
In both cases he went to the clinic where he worked for a doctor for medical examinations, but the blood sample he used was Meller, who described the details of his partner.
"AGC decided to go to trial against Ler for falsifying false information information first, as they were more serious and carried more rigid penalties," said Mr. Gan.
The trial for Ler's drug charges will take place in May this year, as it also involves stiff penalties, including caning.
His OSA payment is now down, which means it has been put aside until the proceedings on his other charges have been terminated.
Mr. Gunn said: "So no doubt, let me say again that the OSA charge against Ler is still alive" AGC will decide on OSA payment after the proceedings on his other charges have reached this normal course conclusion. "