AP article on Shane Todd inquiry 'inaccurate, misleading': S'pore's ambassador to the US
Singapore's ambassador to the United States on Wednesday called an Associated Press (AP) article on Shane Todd "inaccurate, misleading and mischievous".
In a letter sent to the wire agency, with copies also forwarded to the Washington Post and CBS, Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri pointed out several inaccuracies about the story. In particular, he made reference to AP's headline which said that police in Singapore had admitted to "flouting protocol" when handling the high profile inquiry into the death of the American researcher.
The letter said that AP's story distorted testimony that a police investigations officer gave during the inquiry last week. The wire agency had reported that Sergeant Muhammad Khaldun Sarif made a preliminary assessment that pointed to suicide and that there was no foul play, and hence he decided not to perform fingerprint dustings or DNA swabs.
But Ambassador Ashok pointed out that SGT Khaldun had told the court that police protocols were operational guidelines, and such a practice was not prescriptive. "In explaining his actions under oath, the investigator did not say he had violated any protocols let alone 'admit' to doing so," said the letter.