Singapore Government is working with UK authorities on the extradition of David
James Roach to Singapore. As part of the extradition proceedings, the UK
Government has requested an assurance that if Roach were to be found guilty by
a Singapore Court of robbery, the sentence of corporal punishment will not be
Singapore Government has agreed to the UK authorities’ request. UK extradition
laws prohibit UK from extraditing Roach to Singapore in the absence of such an
assurance. Roach’s extradition is being sought on one count of robbery under s
392 of the Penal Code and one count of money laundering under s 47(1)(b) of the
Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of
Benefits) Act. Both offences carry maximum imprisonment terms of 10 years.
The provision of the assurance is being
done to try and ensure that Roach does not escape justice, and does not affect
the general position taken by Singapore on corporal punishment. The UK Courts
will decide whether to extradite Roach.