Singapore anti-vax agitator charged again, barred from contacting followers

Iris Koh was sorry-not sorry in a video posted Nov. 26. Photo: Iris Koh/Facebook
Iris Koh was sorry-not sorry in a video posted Nov. 26. Photo: Iris Koh/Facebook

Singapore’s top anti-vax troublemaker was slapped with another charge today for continuing to thumb her nose at the authorities.

Iris Koh, who appeared in court virtually today, was slapped with an additional charge of refusing to sign and tearing up her police statement while in custody. And while she was freed on a S$20,000 bond, she was instructed not to contact anyone, including members of her online group, some of whom she allegedly referred to a doctor to fraudulently obtain vaccination records.

Koh said in court that she needed to contact her members to gather evidence for her defense, to which District Judge Ng Peng Hong asked her lawyer to speak to the prosecution. 

She was charged one week ago with conspiring with medical doctor Jipson Quah, who works at Wan Medical Clinic in Bedok North, and his assistant Thomas Chua, to submit falsified records to the Ministry of Health showing that people had taken the Sinopharm vaccine when they had not.

Koh was denied bail Monday, on the eve of Chinese New Year, after making an urgent application to the High Court. According to the prosecution, at least 20 patients were involved in their conspiracy.

Since her arrest on Jan. 21, Koh’s lack of cooperation had delayed the police investigation. She tore up documents including a police statement and a written charge on Jan. 28.

She has also reportedly been complaining of anxiety and panic attacks but refuses medical attention (shocking).

Meanwhile, Quah and Chua were granted bail Monday. 

Koh is also under investigation for interfering with official duties by attempting to disrupt operations at pediatric vaccination centers and flooding public hotlines. She is set to return to court on March 14.

If found guilty of voluntarily obstructing a public servant in the discharge of their duties, Koh could be jailed up to three months and fined S$2,500. If found guilty of criminal conspiracy to make false representations, Koh faces up to 20 years behind bars.

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