Extradition of suspect: Singapore 'won't cane him'

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is working with the British authorities on the extradition of David James Roach, 28, to Singapore.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is working with the British authorities on the extradition of David James Roach, 28, to Singapore.

Singapore has agreed not to sentence the suspect in the 2016 Standard Chartered Bank robbery case to caning if found guilty.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said yesterday that it is working with the British authorities on the extradition of David James Roach, 28, to Singapore. He was arrested in Britain last month.

The British courts will decide whether to extradite Roach, who is fighting the process. British laws prohibit the authorities from extraditing Roach to Singapore without an assurance that corporal punishment will not be carried out.

MHA said that "the provision of the assurance is being done to try and ensure that Roach does not escape justice".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'Extradition of suspect: S'pore 'won't cane him''. Print Edition | Subscribe