These issues of human rights were presented to a London court, which nonetheless ruled that all requirements for Singapore’s request to extradite the StanChart robbery suspect have been met.
Britain’s Secretary of State will now decide whether the 28-year-old Canadian national who allegedly robbed from StanChart’s Holland Village branch of S$30,000 in 2016, is to be extradited.
Roach, if extradited, is likely to be placed in solitary confinement at Changi Prison pending trial.
Among the issues raised by Roach’s defence: the small 5 sqm size of his holding cell, sleeping conditions which comprise a straw mat and blanket, a tiny toilet set against a low wall which offers little privacy, and a single water source for bathing and water consumption.
Roach was arrested in London in January this year, en route to Canada.
He was being deported back to Canada from Thailand, where he fled to after allegedly robbing the bank.
The Singapore government has promised UK authorities that Roach will not be caned if he is extradited and convicted.