A British anti-masker claims he faces six months in prison thousands of kilometers from his family after he was caught traveling in Singapore without a face covering.
Father of two Benjamin Glynn, 39, was secretly filmed by another commuter driving home from work bare-faced.
He was arrested shortly afterwards and spent 28 hours in detention before being released on bail.
The Yorkshireman believes masks are a “joke” and don’t protect people from Covid-19.
When confronted, he usually claims to be exempt, but this time the passenger posted the video on social media instead of questioning him.
Hours later, the police showed up at his door and arrested him while his family was sleeping inside.
He has been charged with public nuisance and says that if convicted, he could spend up to six months behind bars.
Glynn’s passport was confiscated, meaning he was unable to return to the UK with his partner and two children, ages five and two, as planned.
He also lost a new job to take on in the UK, fearing he could be bailed for up to 12 months before his trial.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office supports him in this.
The Yorkshireman said, “I had no idea anyone was filming, but it turned out that a video of me on the delayed train home from work that was exposed online was exposed.
“The police obviously saw it and the next day they were at the door.
“I don’t think there is any evidence that masks protect you from Covid-19.
“Normally I would just tell people that I’m exempt and that there have never been any problems.
“But now I’m stuck here without my family, and I don’t even know when I’ll appear in court, no matter what my sentence will be.
“All for something I don’t even believe in.”
The expat worked for a UK recruitment agency in Singapore since January 2017.
He was filmed mask-free near Raffles Place, Singapore’s financial district, on May 7, weeks before his return to the UK.
In Singapore, with a few exceptions, it is important to wear a mask when residents leave their homes.
“I usually never wear a mask, but this is the first time I’ve had a problem,” he said.
“I had no idea that anyone was even filming until the police were at the door – I’ve never seen the video because it was removed before I had the chance.”
He said officials warned him it could take 12 months for the case to go to court and face up to six months in prison if found guilty.
Meanwhile, his family left for Leeds without him on May 31.
He said, “This whole situation is ridiculous.
“I want to leave the country anyway – just let me go!
“I think it’s crazy that I’m facing a lawsuit at all just because I’m not wearing a mask.”
He is now unemployed because the new job offer he had in the UK was canceled when he did not return.
“It’s a terrible situation where I don’t know the next time I’ll be able to see my family,” he said.
“Especially when I think masks won’t stop the virus from spreading in the first place.
“I honestly think it’s a joke – I don’t think there is any evidence that wearing masks is in any way effective.
“From a scientific point of view, I think that’s nonsense.
A Singapore police spokesman said: “As information related to a police investigation is confidential, we cannot comment on the case any further.”
A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “We are assisting a British man awaiting trial in Singapore and have contacted local police about his case.”