The police have detained a 45-year-old Malaysian man for his suspected involvement in helping ex-City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han escape from Singapore.
It was reported that Khoo Kea Leng was nabbed in Malaysia with the help of the Royal Malaysia Police after the Singapore State Courts issued a warrant of arrest.
Khoo was handed to the Singapore Police Force (SPF) yesterday and will be charged in court today.
It was allegedly at a car park near East Coast Park in Singapore that the deal to help Chew leave Singapore illegally was believed to have been sealed.
Accompanied by at least four police officers, Khoo was taken to the car park at Block 75, Marine Drive yesterday morning.
Clad in a black jersey and orange shorts, he arrived at the car park wearing arm and leg restraints.
Chew, 57, was charged on Feb 22 with attempting to flee Singapore from Pulau Ubin in a motorised sampan on Feb 21.
He was on bail of S$1 million and due to start serving time on Feb 22 for his role in the misappropriation of S$50 million of church funds.
Another accomplice, 53-year-old Tan Poh Teck, who was helming the motorised sampan, was also arrested and charged in court.
SAC Hsu Sin Yun said Khoo’s arrest would not have been possible without the close collaboration and strong relationship between the SPF and Malaysian police.
“The SPF will spare no efforts to hunt down criminals who commit crimes in Singapore.
“We will work with our foreign law enforcement partners to bring these criminals to justice,” Hsu was quoted as saying.
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