Israeli-American held over gruesome Taiwan murder

World | 6 Sep 2018 4:19 pm

An Israeli-American suspect was arrested in the Philippines late yesterday in connection with the gruesome murder of a Canadian citizen found dismembered in a park in Taiwan's New Taipei City last month, according to police.

With information provided by Taiwanese police, Philippine police and immigration officers raided an apartment in Cainta in the Philippine province of Rizal, about 18 kilometers east of Manila, where they arrested 37-year-old Oren Shlomo Mayer, named by Taiwanese police as a suspect in the murder of Canadian Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan, CNA reports.

Ryan, 43, had worked as an English teacher in Taiwan for more than 10 years while also moonlighting as a drug dealer, according to police.

His dismembered torso was discovered on a riverbank under Zhongzheng Bridge in New Taipei's Yonghe District August 22.

Police suspect he was killed by two fellow expat drug dealers in Taiwan after they believed that he had become a police informant.

Mayer, a tattoo artist, has been described by Taiwan's media as a drug dealer.

Another suspect, 30-year-old American Ewart Odane Bent, was arrested by police in Taiwan on August 25.

Mayer's arrest marked a strengthening of cooperation between Philippine and Taiwanese police after Philippine fugitive Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo Parojinog, who was being investigated for illegal firearms possession, was arrested in Taiwan in May, ending 10 months in hiding.

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