SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A British court docket has dominated fugitive needed by Singapore for a uncommon financial institution theft may very well be extradited after the rich city-state agreed to waive corporal punishment if he’s found responsible.
Canadian David Roach is accused of getting stolen S$30,000 (17,467.19 kilos) from a department of Standard Chartered financial institution in 2016 by handing a threatening notice to a teller. He then fled to Thailand with the cash.
“All challenges fail,” stated district choose N Tempia of the Westminster magistrates’ court docket.
Roach’s lawyer had appealed towards the extradition, in court docket paperwork seen by Reuters, citing Singapore jail situations, the truth that his consumer was jailed in Thailand, and considerations that Singapore wouldn’t preserve its promise.
The case sparked debate on the time about whether or not Singapore, which has a really low crime price, had change into too complacent on safety. The choice on Roach’s extradition has now been handed to Britain’s secretary of state.
“Singapore authorities are working closely with the UK authorities on the next steps in this matter,” Singapore’s home affairs ministry and its attorney-general’s chambers stated in a joint assertion late on Wednesday.
Singapore needs Roach on one rely of theft, carrying a minimal jail time period of two years and at the very least six strokes of the cane, and on one rely of cash laundering. In February, Singapore agreed to waive corporal punishment.
After fleeing to Thailand, Roach was jailed for 14 months for not declaring such a lot of cash upon arrival.
Singapore authorities stated they’d repeatedly requested Thailand to ship Roach again to face costs, but it surely determined to deport Roach to Canada in January.
However, en route home, he was detained by British police at London’s Heathrow Airport on the request of Singapore, a former British colony that has an extradition treaty with Britain, however not Thailand.
Reporting by John Geddie in SINGAPORE and Andrew MacAskill in LONDON; Editing by Clarence Fernandez