SINGAPORE: In addition to the Committee of Inquiry (COI), the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Special Investigation Branch (SIB) will also investigate the death of national serviceman (NSman) Aloysius Pang, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told Parliament on Monday (Feb 11).

In a ministerial statement addressing the death, Dr Ng said while the police and State Coroner do not have the jurisdiction to investigate the death as it took place abroad in New Zealand, the SIB can as it has jurisdiction under military law.

“Based on SIB’s investigations, the Chief Military Prosecutor will decide if any servicemen are to be prosecuted for criminal or military offences in a military court,” Dr Ng said.

The military court is presided over by serving State Court judges, he added.

Corporal First Class (National Service) Pang died on Jan 23 at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand, after sustaining injuries while carrying out repair work on a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) as part of his reservist duties.

The 28-year-old actor was in New Zealand for Exercise Thunder Warrior, a live firing exercise involving the howitzer.

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