Date
21 October 2018
Ramanjit Singh (inset) and another defendant had been accused of robbing a money exchange shop in Tsim Sha Tsui of over HK$32 million in Japanese yen in February. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
Ramanjit Singh (inset) and another defendant had been accused of robbing a money exchange shop in Tsim Sha Tsui of over HK$32 million in Japanese yen in February. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Indian-born HK man on Interpol list sees robbery charge dropped

An Indian-born Hong Kong resident, who is on the wanted list of the international police organization Interpol, has seen a robbery charge against him dropped.

The prosecution told a Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday that it decided to withdraw the charge against Ramanjit Singh.

Singh, 29, was arrested on Feb. 21 after he and another defendant were accused of robbing over HK$32 million in Japanese yen from a currency exchange shop in Tsim Sha Tsui on Feb. 9, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The magistrate ordered the prosecution to pay costs for the abandoned case.

Singh will remain in police custody as he is facing another trial over another case. He and two others have been charged with robbing an Indian businessman last year of two suitcases that allegedly contained US$324,600 and 50,000 euros.

The hearing of the case is scheduled for July 9.

Meanwhile, the government is dealing with a request from Indian authorities for Singh’s extradition.

He has been accused by Interpol of multiple offenses, including “conspiring in, abetting, advising and facilitating terrorist activities”, rioting, attempted murder, and robbery”, among other cases, according to media reports.

Singh was once arrested in India in 2016 and released on bail, but fled to Hong Kong in July last year, the reports said. 

Singh is currently the subject of a “Red Notice” issued by Interpol as he is wanted by judicial authorities in India.

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