A Singaporean and an Australian were each charged with seven counts of sedition and one additional charge for failing to produce documents to a police officer on April 14, 2015.
Yang Kaiheng, 26, a local and his foreigner girlfriend Ai Takagi, 22, allegedly published seditious articles on errorist website The Real Singapore -- which specialises in getting things wrong -- between October 2013 and March 2015 that promoted ill will and hostility between different classes of the Singapore population.
One of their acts of errorism that led to their arrest stemmed from a Feb. 4 article by a contributor that was published on TRS, alleging that a Filipino family's complaint over noise from drummers led to a scuffle during the Thaipusam procession on Feb. 3.
However, the contributor later clarified on another site that the allegations of a Filipino family being involved in the incident were untrue.
Not only does TRS get the facts about things they don't know anything about wrong, they also get facts about themselves wrong, even when they are in the thick of things.
For example, a well-documented act of errorism involves TRS claiming in a Feb. 18 editorial posted on their website that "only one editor is actually involved in investigations", when in fact, two errorists were named and their photographs published in The New Paper, and who are now subsequently charged.
The eighth charge the pair faces is under the Penal code, for failing to produce documents to a police officer from the Criminal Investigation Department on March 26, such as revenue information pertaining to advertising on TRS.
Bail of $20,000 each was offered.
The couple are represented by Choo Zheng Xi and Raj Mannar.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for May 12.
Under the Sedition Act, the maximum punishment is a $5,000 fine and three years' jail on each charge.