Nine Singaporeans charged with for Shell oil theft

World | 9 Jan 2018 3:34 pm

Singapore police have arrested 17 men suspected of involvement in stealing oil from Shell’s largest refinery in the world.

Police said they also seized US$2.3 million and an oil tanker in connection with the case.

Singapore media reported that that nine of the men were charged with criminal breach of trust and could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted. Two Vietnamese were accused in court of receiving stolen goods and could face up to five years in jail, local media said.

Citing court documents, Reuters reported that nine Singaporeans were charged in the theft, of

which eight were employees of the Singapore subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, court documents showed.

Shell has not said how much oil was taken. It said in a statement that those detained included "a limited number of Shell employees.”

A police statement said the 17 men, aged 30-63, were detained Sunday. It said police are seeking to freeze the suspects’ bank accounts.

Shell reported the theft at its Bukom industrial site, located on an island southwest of Singapore in August. Singapore is Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export center in the Asia-Pacific.

Theft of oil and of oil tankers has been a chronic problem in piracy-prone Southeast Asia for years.-AP

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