SINGAPUR – An American Mikhy Farrera Brochez, who allegedly procured data from the Singapore HIV Registry, was not charged under the OSA by 2016 because he had already faced other charges that had the hardest punishments.
That was announced on Tuesday (February 12th) by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in parliament.
Brochez and his partner, Ler Teck Siang, are charged in court in June 2016.
The American is charged with criminal offenses under the Drug Abuse Act, the Criminal Code and the Act on Contagious Diseases. The State Attorney's Office (AGC) decides on charges, Mr. Gan said.
"AGC has decided not to accuse him of OSA because they have estimated that he will probably be sentenced to just or a few weeks in prison."
The reason for this was that there was no widespread information at this stage, and Brochez used the information primarily to appeal to government agencies.
"He has already faced numerous allegations of fraud and drugs, which were carrying far greater punishment. AGC also estimated that any jail sentence at OSA would probably be concurrent with the prison terms that would serve under other criminal offenses," he said. Gan,
As such, Brochez was issued strictly for OSA attack.
Meanwhile, Ler, who was previously head of the National Public Health Service (NPHU), was charged with the Criminal Code and the OSA.
His indictment alleges that he had access to the HIV Registry as part of his former position at the head of the NPHU and that he did not accept reasonable care of the information by not keeping the hold on the part he rescued the HIV registry.
In September 2018, Ler was convicted of encouraging Brochez to commit falsehood and giving false information to the police and the Ministry of Health and was sentenced to two years in prison. It complained, and the debate was scheduled for the next month.
On two occasions in 2008 and 2013, Brochez, who was HIV positive, was being charged with Lero to submit fake blood tests to the Labor Ministry for his employment applications.
In both cases, Brochez went to the clinic where Ler worked as a doctor on a medical test, but a blood sample was from Lera, who labeled him with details of his partner.
"AGC first ruled on Lero's trial of allegations of fraud and false information, because they were more serious and they were carrying more severe punishments," said Mr. Gan.
The trial for Lera's drug charges will be held in May this year, as it also includes stricter penalties, including anger.
His OSA accusation is currently denied, which means that he is put aside until the other charges are completed.
Mr Gan said: "So no doubt, let me again say that the OSA's accusation against Lera is still" alive. "AGC will decide on OSA indictment after it has concluded the proceedings on its other charges."