Kim Jong Un impersonator detained in Singapore and warned to stay away from North Korea and US summit

Kim Jong Un impersonator detained in Singapore and warned to stay away from North Korea and US summit
Kim Jong Un impersonator detained in Singapore and warned to stay away from North Korea and US summit

A Kim Jong Un impersonator says he was detained by Singapore's authorities and cautioned to avoid North Korea's summit with the US.

The Australian comedian said he was held for two hours and questioned for about 30 minutes when he touched base in the early hours of today at Singapore's Changi Airport.

Howard X, who did not have any desire to give his genuine name, revealed to Reuters he was questioned about his political perspectives.

The event came days before the city-state host talks between US and North Korea's pioneers.

What's more, Howard X guaranteed he was advised to remain away.

He stated: "(They) asked me what my political perspectives were and on the off chance that I have been included with protests in different nations."

Howard X added that he was advised to avoid Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La, two territories that are assigned 'special event areas' for the summit.

"They said, 'It's the Trump-Kim summit, you've come at a very sensitive time,'" he said.

Singapore's immigration and checkpoints authority and the Singapore police did not immediately have comment.

Howard X was also in the country late last month, posing as Kim Jong Un against a backdrop of the city's bay which features sites such as the Merlion and the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

He said he is planning similar stunts for the purpose of political satire in the coming days, this time in tow with Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan.

But he insisted he is not planning any protests.

Rights groups have criticised Singapore's laws saying they limit critical speech and peaceful assembly.

Kim Jong Un impersonator detained in Singapore and warned to stay away from North Korea and US summit

Protests have to be pre-approved and are allowed only at a designated downtown area called the Speakers' Corner.

Singapore has held the position that its laws and regulations are needed to maintain social order and harmony.


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