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Singapore Minister Arrested in Anticorruption Probe

Singapore Transport Minister S Iswaran has been arrested, the country’s anti-corruption agency without elaborating on the case. Iswaran was arrested on July 11, but was later released on bail, according to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Corruption cases involving ministers are rare in Singapore, with the last publicly known one dating back to 1987.

Ong Beng Seng, a prominent tycoon based in Singapore who played a key role in attracting Formula One’s Grand Prix to the city-state, was arrested the same day and was also released on bail, his company Hotel Properties said in a statement. Ong was requested by the agency to provide information about his interactions with Iswaran, the company said.

The bureau said in a statement Wednesday that Iswaran was assisting its investigation, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirming the development. Lee said in his Facebook post that he had instructed the minister to take a leave of absence until the investigation is completed.