Serve him right! PRC-born man stripped of Singapore citizenship!

Serve him right! PRC-born man stripped of Singapore citizenship!

TheRedDotNews·2018-03-05 17:20

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His name is Mick Davies but he used to be called Jack Thomson. Before that, he was born as Lan Shili, a citizen of the People's Republic of China. 

A businessman, Davies, 58, applied for and obtained a Singapore Citizenship (SC)in 2002. However, what goes around comes around, he has been served a Notice of Proposed Deprivation of Citizenship on 5 March 2018, under Article 133(1) of the Constitution (“Notice of Proposed Deprivation”).

This means that he is stripped of his Singapore Citizenship.

What happened?

Davies was imprisoned in China for tax evasion in 2010. He was also investigated by the Chinese authorities for fraud in 2016.

Although his Singapore passport had been impounded by the Chinese authorities then, he fled China illegally, and thereafter entered Vietnam illegally.

Davies then tried to obtain a replacement travel document at the Singapore Mission in Hanoi by falsely declaring that he had lost his Singapore passport.

When Davies failed to obtain a replacement travel document, he left Vietnam and entered Singapore using a foreign passport bearing the particulars of another person.

However, ICA uncovered the illegal entry two weeks later, and Davies was arrested, charged and sentenced to imprisonment for multiple immigration offences related to his entry into Singapore without valid travel documents.

Investigations into his immigration offences also revealed that Davies had provided forged educational certificates to support his SC application in 2002.

He was further found to have concealed and failed to declare in the application, that he had previously held the passport (and thus citizenship) of a third country.

His consequences

After due consideration that Davies' SC was obtained by fraudulent means, false representation and concealment of material facts, and that he had flouted immigration laws locally and abroad, it has been decided that it is not conducive to the public good for him to remain a Singapore citizen. The Minister for Home Affairs has decided to deprive Davies of his SC.

If he feels that he has been wronged, Davies may apply for his case to be referred to a Citizenship Committee of Inquiry (CCOI) within 21 days of the date of receipt of the Notice of Proposed Deprivation.

The CCOI will then hold an inquiry and submit a report to the Minister who will have regard to the report before deciding whether to proceed to deprive him of his SC.

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