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Ex-minister Iswaran permitted to stay overseas for 16 more days due to illness: AGC

Ex-minister Iswaran reportedly falls ill in Australia, allowed to extend overseas trip to 19 Mar

Former transport minister S. Iswaran, charged in court with multiple offences, will remain outside of Singapore for 16 days longer.

This comes after he received permission to extend his overseas trip till 19 Mar.

Source: S Iswaran on Facebook

He reportedly fell ill in Australia.

Lawyers for Iswaran file application for him to extend overseas stay

Quoting the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported that Iswaran’s lawyers filed an application during an urgent mention at the State Courts on Monday (4 Mar).

This was to extend his permission to leave Singapore jurisdiction by 16 days.

Source: Shin Min Daily News on Facebook

He fell ill while in Australia helping son settle into university

The 61-year-old former minister was originally set to be in Australia from 16 Feb to 4 Mar to help his son settle into university.

However, he had fallen ill while in the country, the ACG said.

Details of his illness were not specified.

Iswaran must follow enhanced bail conditions

The prosecution did not object to the application, the AGC said.

However, the following enhanced bail conditions were set out for him:

  1. He must pay an extra cash bail of S$500,000, on top of the existing bail of S$800,000
  2. He must provide his travel itinerary and overseas address to an investigating officer
  3. He must be contactable by an investigating officer at all times
  4. He must report to an investigation officer daily via video call to update them on his health and whether there will be any issues with his return to Singapore

With the extension, he will now return to Singapore and surrender his passport to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on 20 Mar.

Faces 27 charges for offences including corruption

The latest development in the saga comes about 1.5 months after Iswaran was handed 27 charges, including for corruption and receiving valuables as a public servant.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail.

On 8 Feb, he was given permission to leave the country.

Also read: Ex-Transport Minister S Iswaran Gets Permission To Leave S’pore To Help Son Settle Into Australia Uni

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Featured image adapted from S Iswaran on Facebook

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