Updated: 07/14/2013 00:17

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR OFFICERS WHO BREAK THE LAW, SAYS DPM TEO ON KOVAN MURDERS CASE



ZERO TOLERANCE FOR OFFICERS WHO BREAK THE LAW, SAYS DPM TEO ON KOVAN MURDERS CASE

Singapore has zero tolerance for officers who break the law, says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean. 

Mr Teo told a news conference this morning (13/07) the case of the double murders in Kovan is especially troubling as the suspect is a police officer. 

34-year-old Senior Staff Sergeant Iskandar Bin Rahmat was arrested last night in a restaurant along Danga Bay in Johor, Malaysia, and was extradited to Singapore at noon today (13/7). 

He will be charged with the murders of 67-year-old Tan Boon Sin and his son, 42-year-old Tan Chee Heong. 

DPM Teo expressed his condolences to their families for their loss. 

At the news conference, it was disclosed that the police had first established Iskandar's identity on Thursday morning after piecing together several pieces of evidence. 

He had slipped into Johor by scooter across the Causeway on Wednesday night after the murders were discovered. 

DPM Teo phoned the Malaysian Minister for Home Affairs, Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi this afternoon (13/7) to personally convey his appreciation for the assistance rendered by the Royal Malaysian Police in helping the Singapore Police Force arrest the suspect 

Iskandar had joined the Singapore Police Force in March 1999 and held the position of Senior Staff Sergeant with the Bedok Police Division up until his arrest. 

He was said to be in debt due to personal domestic matters and had failed to declared his indebtedness. 

He had been taken off duty and was barred from carrying firearms due to an internal investigation. 

Iskandar had met the elder Mr Tan when Tan made a police report last November on a theft incident.

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