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Police issue written advisory to NUS grad who held up anti-death penalty sign

The police are taking no further action against Luke Levy, according to tweets by the 24-year-old.

Police issue written advisory to NUS grad who held up anti-death penalty sign

NUS graduate Luke Levy claims that the university edited him out of the video of his commencement ceremony because he held up a sign protesting the death penalty. (Photo: Luke Levy)

SINGAPORE: The police have issued an advisory to a student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who held up an anti-death penalty sign during his graduation ceremony in July.

“In response to media queries, the police, in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, have issued a written advisory to a 24-year-old man for holding an anti-death penalty sign at the NUS commencement ceremony on Jul 6 at the NUS Cultural Centre Auditorium,” said the police on Friday (Sep 9).

The man, Luke Levy, on Tuesday tweeted photos of what appeared to be the police advisory.

They showed the police noting that their investigations into the case have been completed and that they have decided to take no further action against Mr Levy.

"You are hereby advised to refrain from such conduct in future," the advisory in the photo read.

Describing this as a "metaphorical finger-wag" in his Twitter post, Mr Levy admitted that he had been anxious while "waiting for months" to find out what action the police would take.

“But I knew that this got people talking about the death penalty,” he said. "That eased my anxiety. No regrets with what I did.”

Mr Levy added that he would "keep fighting" against the death penalty.

The police had previously said that they were looking into the matter after a report against Mr Levy was lodged.

While an NUS spokesperson confirmed that the university did not make a police report against him, it said its commencement ceremony was "not a forum for advocacy".

Mr Levy had alleged then that the university had "tried their hardest to erase" what he did on stage, and had edited out his time on stage in a recording of the ceremony.

He also said that in the official stage photograph that he paid for, the photo studio had tried to edit out the words on his sign.

Source: CNA/ng(jo)


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