businessman in singapore A $5 million (S$7 million) bounty is on his head I am still in Singapore.
Kwek Kee Seng, 62, owner of the Swansea Port Services shipping company, said: Suspicion of violating sanctions against North Korea.
He is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. State Department’s justice program offered a bounty on Thursday for information about him.
On Saturday, Singapore police said he was still in Singapore and was under investigation by the Ministry of Commerce for crimes under Singapore’s UN Act 2001.
his passport was confiscated Since the investigation began in April 2021.
Police said they shared information about the investigation with U.S. law enforcement via a letter on April 30, 2021.
This was formally communicated from Singapore to various US agencies via a third-party memo dated May 7, 2021.
Police said: Due to the nature and complexity of the incident, the investigation is still ongoing. “
They added that they wrote to their U.S. counterparts on Friday to seek clarification given that they have been in active communication on the matter.
“Singapore will continue to support the US authorities within its legal and international obligations,” the police said.
According to US court records, Kwek was known to have lived in an apartment in Choa Chu Kang North.
The US State Department said Quek was involved in a “massive plan” to evade US and UN sanctions by secretly shipping fuel to North Korea.
“Quek and his co-conspirators attempted to conceal their identities and activities by conducting financial transactions through a series of shell companies,” it said.
“He directed payments in U.S. dollars from Shell companies based in Panama, Singapore, etc., through U.S. banks, to pay for oil, M/T Courageous, ship services and materials, and crew salaries. Did. “
Kwek purchased the 2,700-tonne oil tanker Courageous for around US$580,000 (SGD770,000) in July 2019 and allegedly used it to transport around 2.8 million kg of oil to North Korea.
The tanker was seized in Cambodia in 2020.
Kwek has been indicted in the United States for sanctions violations and attempted money laundering, and was allegedly involved in the scheme from February 2018 to March 2020.
In April 2021, the FBI issued a wanted notice for Kwek.
If found guilty at trial, he could face up to 20 years in prison for each charge.
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