Despite repeated demands by lawyers acting for deceased engineer Shane Todd’s family, two pieces of evidence which the family believes to be crucial to finding out the real cause of Shane’s death were destroyed by the Singapore authorities.
American engineer Shane Todd was working for Singapore’s Institute of Microelectronics when his body was found hanging in his Singapore apartment in June, 2012.
Even though the state coroner had concluded in July, 2013 that Shane’s death was caused by “asphyxia due to hanging” and ruled out foul play, Shane’s parents, Mary and Rick Todd insist that their son was murdered and there was a cover-up.
The Todds believe that their son was murdered after he was asked to compromise U.S. security by revealing secrets to a Chinese company, and that the crime scene was staged to make it appear like suicide.
As such, even thought they had left Singapore early during the trial, they retained the services of a local law firm to ask local authorities to hand over two pieces of evidence which were seized by the Singapore police during its investigation.
The two pieces of evidence which the Todds had wanted the authorities to hand over were a hand-made noose and a towel that were found around Shane’s neck when his body was discovered hanging on the bathroom door of his apartment.
Both the noose and the towel contained the DNA of two unknown persons, according to reports done by Singapore police, but no further testing was done by authorities to determine whose DNA it was, said Mary.
Rick and I wanted the towel and the strap returned to us in order to do what the SPF [Singapore Police Force] should have done in the first place — to test the…DNA (on the items).. we have ample evidence that our son was murdered, but the towel and the strap were the only DNA evidence in Shane’s case, and now they have been destroyed forever.
Lawyers acting for the Todds have been writing to the authorities for months demanding for the return of the two items as they belonged to Shane, but it was rejected by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).
In its reply to lawyers acting for the Todds, the AGC said that it is “normal protocol” for items used in hanging cases to be ‘forfeited to the state for disposal’.
The family was reportedly asked to explain why it wanted the items returned, but this was turned down by the lawyers acting for the family.
In law, there is no reason to explain why you want your property back. It’s like justifying to a robber why you want your belongings returned. Sheer chutzpah. It’s the family’s by right.
Meanwhile, the Todds have received written confirmation from local authorities that the two items which they wanted returned have been destroyed.
The companies whom the Todds have accused of causing the supposed murder of their son are Huawei Technologies (which has been declared a threat to U.S. national security by the House Intelligence Committee) and Singapore’s Institute of Microelectronics.
Both companies however, denied that their business discussions involved any classified military information and that the project which Shane was working on was abandoned soon after his death.