A Canadian nationalist, who is accused of robbing a bank in Singapore, is jailed in Bangkok seven months after entering Thailand. While the local authorities are still figuring, whether to charge the person, failed to declare the origin of huge sum of money that he was carrying.
27-year-old David James Roach was accused of robbing S$30,000 from the Holland Village branch of Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore on July 7th 2016. He allegedly handed the teller a note demanding money and then fled to Bangkok on the same day.
However, he was arrested three days later at a backpacker hostel and since he has been locked up. Singapore had requested his extradition, but at that time the Thai authorities said that they were not in a position to consider the request pending the completion of other investigations,
Thailand and Singapore do not have an extradition treaty.
The Straits Times reported that the investigations into the Roach’s alleged customs offenses started in November last year and the police report was recently forwarded to Thai prosecutors.
When entering Thailand, travelers who are carrying more than or equivalent US $20,000 by law have to report to the Customs.
Roach was found with 700,000 baht (S$ 28,300) in cash, as well as a notebook detailing his escape plan, which included stopovers in Chiang Mai and Dubai.
A local News in Singapore reported that Roach has hired a lawyer, and has been transferred from the immigration detention centre and is currently held in jail. His family has also flown to Bangkok from Canada.
After Singapore issued a warrant for his arrest Roach’s right to stay in the country has been cancelled by the Thai authorities.
If Roach cannot be extradited from Bangkok, he will be sent back to Canada as an immigration offender.
Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, chief of the Immigration Police Bureau (IPB), said Roach would be returned to the immigration detention centre once the customs offence is dealt with.
"The immigration police will then follow the instructions on whether they should extradite him to Singapore or deport him back to Canada."