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Singapore seeking to extradite Standard Chartered robber currently detained in UK

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) have announced that David James Roach, the suspect in the Standard Chartered Bank robbery case of 7 July 2016, has been detained by UK authorities on 11 January 2018 (UK time) pursuant to a request from Singapore.

In a joint statement, they stated that since his arrest by the Thai authorities in July 2016, Singapore authorities have been in regular contact with the Thai authorities to secure his return to Singapore.

On 11 January 2018, Roach was deported from Thailand after serving his imprisonment term for commission of criminal offences there, and arrived in London on 11 January 2018 (UK time).

"We sought the assistance of the UK authorities to arrest Roach, with a view to his eventual extradition to Singapore," the authorities said.

The unarmed man robbed $30,000 from a bank branch of Standard Chartered Bank at Holland Village at 11.25 am on 7 July 2017, making it the first Singapore bank robbery in 8 years since the last incident in 2008.

He was then seen wandering around the streets of Bangkok in just 6 hours after the crime.

After running away for three days, the Royal Thai Police finally arrested the 28-year-old man on Sunday 10, at Boxpackers Hostel in the Ratchathewi district of central Bangkok.

Singapore authorities were seeking assistance from Thai government to repatriate the Canadian, Unfortunately, the Attorney-General's Office in Bangkok rejected the request as Singapore has no extradition treaty with Thailand.

Roach was sentenced to 14 months' jail in Thailand on 6 June last year for crimes linked to the bank robbery in Singapore, including violating money laundering and customs laws for smuggling the money into the country.

"We are working with the UK authorities to commence the extradition proceedings," MHA and AGC stated.