Man who allegedly committed armed robbery in Singapore charged over offence after 26 years

SINGAPORE- A 53-year-old Malaysian man was charged in court on Friday in connection with a case of armed robbery he allegedly committed in 1989.

The incident happened at a commercial building along Upper Bukit Timah Road.

The man, Thoo Ing Lai, was charged with armed robbery with common intention. The police said in a statement that the suspect was arrested in Malaysia after a warrant of arrest issued by the State Courts and was extradited back to Singapore on Thursday. This was done with the assistance and close collaboration of the Royal Malaysia Police, the police said in a statement released on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations & Intelligence) and Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Mr Tan Chye Hee, said that the police would like to thank the Malaysian police for their "strong and unequivocal support" for this case.

He added that the police will "spare no efforts to hunt down criminals who commit serious crimes in Singapore and flee our borders thereafter".

" We will work with our foreign law enforcement partners to bring these fugitives to justice, no matter how long it takes. These fugitives will not escape from the long arm of the law," he said.

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