SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) – A Canadian man suspected of a uncommon financial institution theft in Singapore in 2016 faces a court docket look in Britain on Thursday after he was detained on a extradition request from Singapore.
David Roach allegedly stole S$30,000 (16,454 kilos) from a Standard Chartered financial institution department in July 2016, earlier than fleeing to Thailand the place he was jailed for 14-months for failing to declare such a lot of cash when he arrived.
Singaporean authorities stated they’d repeatedly requested Bangkok to ship Roach again to face fees within the metropolis state, however Thailand determined to deport Roach to Canada final Thursday.
Later that day and apparently en path to Canada, British police stated they detained Roach at London’s Heathrow Airport.
“David Roach, 28, was arrested on Thursday, 11 January at Heathrow Airport by officers from the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit following a request from authorities in Singapore,” London police stated in a press release late Monday.
Police stated Roach appeared in court docket on Jan. 12 and was remanded into custody to look once more in court docket on Jan. 18.
Singapore’s Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Home Affairs stated on Monday they’d requested British authorities to arrest Roach and extradite him to face fees in Singapore.
Singapore, a former British colony, has an extradition treaty with Britain however not one with Thailand.
The theft sparked a flurry of debate in Singapore about whether or not the nation had grown too complacent about safety.
Singapore has very low ranges of crime, thanks partly to a long time of strict policing and hard punishments, starting from demise for drug trafficking and homicide, to jail and caning for lesser crimes.
Additional reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Jack Kim and Michael Perry