Singapore, Feb 20 (AFP) Singapore has agreed not to cane a man accused of carrying out a rare bank robbery in the city-state if Britain extradites him to face charges, officials said today. Also Read - Sidharth Shukla on Wedding Rumours With Shehnaaz Gill, THIS is What He Has To Say | Check Tweet

David Roach, a Canadian citizen, is wanted in Singapore for allegedly stealing Sg$30,000 ($22,700) from a Standard Chartered bank branch in 2016 after strolling in and presenting a threatening note. Also Read - Shehnaaz Gill is Bored in Canada Ahead of Her Film's Shoot, Says 'I Want To Come Back To India'

He fled to Bangkok, where he was jailed on charges related to bringing the stolen cash into Thailand but authorities refused to send him to Singapore as the countries do not have an extradition treaty. Also Read - Man Puts Steel Ring on His Penis to Make it Bigger to Impress Girlfriend, Lands in Hospital As Metal Gets Stuck

After his release, he was detained in January at Londons Heathrow Airport while in transit en route to Canada and Singapore has requested that he be deported to the city-state. Singapore and Britain have an extradition treaty.

Flogging with a heavy rattan cane is a common punishment in Singapore and is a legacy of British colonial rule, with convicted bank robbers facing a minimum penalty of six strokes, as well as at least two years in jail.

But Singapores Ministry of Home Affairs said Britain had sought assurances that if found guilty, Roach would not face corporal punishment. Britain abolished caning as a punishment for criminals in 1948.

“The 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,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry insisted the concession was necessary to ensure Roach does not escape justice, and said the decision “does not affect the general position taken by Singapore on corporal punishment”.

Roach is wanted in Singapore on one count of robbery and one count of money laundering.

Bank robberies are extremely rare in Singapore, whose zero-tolerance approach to crime has made it one of Asias safest cities.(AFP) AMS –

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.