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No-caning deal for bank robbery suspect: Some justice or zero justice?

The no-caning undertaking involving suspected bank robber David Roach has sparked questions on whether Singapore did right to agree to the British condition for extradition.

In an unusual but not unprecedented move, Singapore has pledged not to cane Canadian robbery suspect David Roach if he is extradited from London to face robbery charges here and found guilty.

Roach, currently detained in London, is accused of robbing Standard Chartered Bank's Holland Village branch of $30,000 on July 7, 2016. He fled to Bangkok and after serving time there for money laundering, was deported to Canada - but en route at London, he was detained at Singapore's request.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline No-caning deal for bank robbery suspect: Some justice or zero justice?. Subscribe