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Physiotherapist in Singapore claims she can’t be fined for breaking COVID laws as she’s sovereign

Physiotherapist from Australia bizarrely claims she can’t be fined for breaking COVID-19 laws in Singapore because she’s ‘sovereign’ and ‘doesn’t have a contract with police’

  • Woman filmed in a bizarre rant charged with breaching lockdown in Singapore 
  • Paramjeet Kaur claimed sovereignty when confronted for not wearing face mask
  • Charged with three counts of lockdown breaches and one of public nuisance   
  • Kaur, 40, worked as a physiotherapist in Australia for 20 years up until last year
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A physiotherapist who worked in Australia for 20 years claimed in a bizarre rant she had a right to flout coronavirus lockdown rules in Singapore because she was a ‘sovereign’.

Footage of Paramjeet Kaur protesting her rights went viral online earlier this month after she was charged with three counts of breaching lockdown laws and one count of being a public nuisance.

Singapore-born Kaur, 40, unleashed in an extraordinary tirade at Shunfu Mart on May 3 after she was confronted for not wearing a face mask in public, which must be worn by anyone leaving their house in Singapore.

Footage shared to Facebook shows Ms Kaur causing a scene, claiming to be a ‘sovereign’ during the heated exchange.

The ‘sovereign’ term she refers to is related to a US movement where adherents reject government and police authority.

Paramjeet Kaur (pictured left) claimed she was a ‘sovereign’ when she was confronted for not wearing a face mask in public while at Shunfu Mart on May 3

‘It means I have nothing to do with the police, it means I have no contract with the police. They have no say over me,’ Kaur claims.

‘This is something people are not going to know even what it is…It means I have nothing to do with the police….They have no say.’

Passers-by heard in the footage disagree. 

‘That does not even make any sense. If you are a person in Singapore, you have to follow the rules in Singapore,’ one man says.

Kaur fires back: ‘I’m not a person.’   

Police allege Kaur also failed to wear a mask when she visited a food stall three day priors on April 30, Straits Times reported.

She’s also accused of eating at a table at Shunfu Mart on April 14, which is banned under lockdown laws.

Paramjeet Kaur (pictured during the May 3 confrontation) was remanded in a mental health facility and will face court this week

Paramjeet Kaur (pictured during the May 3 confrontation) was remanded in a mental health facility and will face court this week

Singapore remains in partial lockdown, which was recently extended for a further four weeks until at least June 1.

She was arrested at the scene and appeared in court via videolink from Central Police Division the following day, where she extended her ‘sovereign immunity’ to her lawyer Satwant Singh, the publication reported.

‘I am a living woman and that is my only capacity in this matter,’ she said.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Kaur’s lawyers for comment.

Kaur was remanded at a mental health facility until her next court appearance on Tuesday (May 19).

'It means I have nothing to do with the police, it means I have no contract with the police. They have no say over me,' Kaur (pictured) claimed in the rant which was later posted online

‘It means I have nothing to do with the police, it means I have no contract with the police. They have no say over me,’ Kaur (pictured) claimed in the rant which was later posted online

Kaur returned to her homeland Singapore last year after living in Australia for 20 years, Chinese media newspaper Lianhe Wanbao reported.

Her mother recently told Yahoo News Singapore her daughter was born and raised there before heading to Australia at age 20 to study and work.

She continued to work as a physiotherapist when she returned to Singapore last year.

Kaur faces up to six months in jail and a fine up to $10,000 for breaching lockdown laws.

She may also be fined an additional $2,000 if convicted of the public nuisance charge. 

Three of Kaur's four charges relate to two recent visits to Shunfu Mart (pictured)

Three of Kaur’s four charges relate to two recent visits to Shunfu Mart (pictured)

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