Kim Jong Un Impersonator Stopped, Questioned by Cops

Lookalikes arrived in Singapore just in time for the summit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
Kim Jong Un Impersonator Stopped, Questioned by Cops
Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators, Howard X, left, and Dennis Alan, right, pose for photographs at the Merlion Park, a popular tourist destination in Singapore, on Friday, June 8, 2018. Howard X said he was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit...   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

(Newser) – A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump, reports the AP. The Hong Kong-based impersonator, who uses the name Howard X, is in the city-state for summit-related promotions by a mall and seafood restaurant. He said the police officers who stopped him at Singapore's Changi Airport searched his bags and questioned him for about two hours before letting him go. The impersonator, whose real name is Lee Howard Ho Wun, says police asked if he had been involved in protests around the world, including those by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. He says he told them he had been at the scene of Hong Kong demonstrations as a musician playing the drums. "However, I never rioted and don't plan to ever riot. I told [the police officer] that I ... would never do this in Singapore because it is against your rules to protest," says Lee.

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In a statement, Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority say Wun was interviewed for about 45 minutes. "As part of the immigration clearance process, travelers to Singapore may be subject to additional interviews and/or screening," the authority said. Later Friday, Howard X and Dennis Alan, a Trump impersonator, held hands and walked around Merlion Park, a popular tourist destination. "I'm here to stay. I don't think they will try and kick out the president. It wouldn't be good press for Singapore," Lee said. "Nobody started talking about a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump until we suggested it at the Olympics," Alan added, referring to their appearance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February. "It all started with us. If there's a peace prize that anybody should get, we should get it."

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