After being held hostage for 2 months, the 9 SAF Terrex armoured vehicles will be returned to Singapore after investigations were completed by Hong Kong customs. Singapore’s MFA said that the military vehicles and other equipment will be shipped to Singapore through APL, the shipper who screwed up the paperwork in November and led to licensing issues.
On Tuesday (24 January 2017), outgoing Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung replied to PM Lee favourable and informed that the vehicles would be returned after investigations were completed.
Lee Hsien Loong replied that it was a positive outcome and thanked CY Leung for Hong Kong’s cooperation in resolving this matter.
Separately, Hong Kong Customs said that licensing breach was to blame for the 2 month detention and criminal prosecution might follow. It is unclear who will take the blame for this international debacle.