Myan­mar trio charged over Sin­ga­pore mur­der plot

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Three Myan­mar men were charged on Wed­nes­day with con­spir­ing to mur­der a fel­low na­tional in Sin­ga­pore with a grue­some col­lec­tion of in­stru­ments in­clud­ing a chain­saw, a meat min­cer, a cleaver and a chop­ping board.

Myan­mar na­tion­als Yae Wynnt Oaung, 32, Phyo Min Naing, 31, as well as Sin­ga­pore per­ma­nent res­i­dent Zaw Min Hlaing, 37, were charged in a dis­trict court with plot­ting to mur­der another Sin­ga­pore per­ma­nent res­i­dent, Aye Maung Maung Thet, 28.

A fourth sus­pect, 29-year-old Myan­mar na­tional Win Kyaw Kyaw Aung, left Sin­ga­pore on Mon­day morn­ing, po­lice said.

The of­fence is pun­ish­able by up to 14 years in jail plus a fine.

The four men at­tempted to abduct Aye Maung Maung Thet at a sub­ur­ban park­ing lot on Sun­day evening, with two of them as­sault­ing him with a taser, an elec­tri­cal de­vice de­signed to stun and dis­able a per­son, court doc­u­ments said.

The men fled when the vic­tim’s cries for help at­tracted the at­ten­tion of passers-by.

They were ar­rested the fol­low­ing day, two of them at a rented sea­side chalet in Sin­ga­pore’s eastern re­gion.

“Items such as a meat min­cer, chain­saw, kitchen knives, gas cooker, gas cylin­der tank, a tool set, trol­ley bags, plas­tic sheets, ca­ble ties, cleaver, aprons, chop­ping board and rub­ber boots were also re­cov­ered from the chalet and seized as case ex­hibits,” the po­lice said.

In court on Wed­nes­day, the three men, dressed in civil­ian at­tire and hand­cuffed, ap­peared som­bre as the charges were read to them in Burmese, the Myan­mar na­tional lan­guage, by an in­ter­preter.

No pleas were en­tered. They were or­dered re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for one week to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The case fol­lows a

spate

of mur­der cases in neigh­bor­ing Malaysia last year in­volv­ing Myan­mar na­tion­als, mostly in the north­ern state of Pe­nang. In some cases, vic­tims were de­cap­i­tated or had some of their body parts sev­ered.

Malaysian po­lice have said they be­lieved the at­tacks are re­lated to vi­o­lent clashes in Myan­mar be­tween mem­bers of the Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity and its pop­u­la­tion of Ro­hingya, a Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

But the mo­tive for the botched mur­der plot in Sin­ga­pore has not been dis­closed.

Grue­some mur­ders are rare in Sin­ga­pore, a densely pop­u­lated is­land of 5.5 mil­lion, 40 per­cent of them for­eign­ers.

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