We are disappointed, but not surprised, by the Coroner's verdict of suicide. We went to the inquiry with great expectations because we were told that it was going to be an open, fact finding, non-adversarial hearing, with the goal of finding out what happened to Shane Todd. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The State was represented by five of its top lawyers who never investigated the possibility of murder, but were at the inquest solely to prove Dr. Todd committed suicide. Shane's company, IME, hired five top lawyers to prove there was no relationship between IME and Huawei, and that the Veeco machine Shane was working with was not a special, one of a kind machine with military application. Both of these contentions were proven false.

One must ask if Shane really committed suicide, why did the state and IME expend such an enormous amount of time, effort, and money to prove it?

What do Singapore, IME, and Huawei have to hide?

Please see our website to see the overwhelming evidence, ignored at the inquest, that our son was indeed murdered and why.

The above site is worth a visit. Here's a brief excerpt that is thought provoking:

"Alleged searches on suicide on Shane's computer were made on Saturday after the assumed time of death. (Click here to see timeline) Police compromised the computer by making their own searches. The web addresses of suicide sites were not provided by police or state lawyers, even when requested by the family at the inquest. No IP addresses of computer accessing website were ever confirmed by websites. The family's forensic expert was never given access to the computer to verify that any said suicide searches occurred."

There's more at the site.

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13 months have passed and now the IRREVERSIBLE verdict.
UPDATED: July 8, 2013

"I believe Shane Todd committed suicide just as I believe the PAP government of $ingapore when they say $ingapore is not a tax haven or hub for money laundering. Honest."

- The Mirror of Opinion, July 8, 2013


July 8, 2013: A US engineer found hanged in his $ingapore apartment killed himself, a $ingapore coroner has ruled.

Shane Todd, 31, who had been working for a $ingapore government research body ($ingapore Institute of Microelectronics (IME)), was found dead at his home in June 2012.

His death was registered as suicide, but his parents alleged he was killed over a project related to sensitive technology with regard to China firm Huawei. The coroner ruled Mr Todd died of "asphyxia due to hanging" and said he was satisfied "there was no foul play". The verdict in the case - which attracted considerable attention after Mr Todd's parents contested police findings and campaigned for an investigation - is final and cannot be appealed against.

Both Mr Todd's former employer and Huawei - last year named a potential national security threat by a US Congressional committee because of fears over links to China's government and military - said they had been involved in preliminary talks on a project that did not get off the ground.

"Even if it did, which I did not find, the listed specifications show it would not have violated general export control laws, nor could it have been used for military applications," District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt said.

Mr Todd's parents withdrew their support for the $ingapore probe in May, saying they had no confidence in the investigation. They were not present in court for the verdict. "It was apparent that the state was only interested in proving suicide and that was why we left," Rick Todd, Shane Todd's father, told AP news agency last week.

"They never interviewed us and it became obvious from the court that they never investigated the possibility of murder." - BBC

Read the report here.
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Some more links to follow the story

May 13, 2013: Investigation into mysterious death of Shane Todd begins in $ingapore (click here)

May 13, 2013: $ingapore inquiry prepares to open into Shane Todd's death - Intellasia East Asia News (click here)

May 20, 2013: Todd had met Huawei officials, inquest hears - (click here)

May 21, 2013: Shane Todd's family walk out of $ingapore coroner's inquest - (click here)

May 22, 2013: Family Storms Out of $ingapore Inquiry Into U.S. Engineer's Death - Southeast Asia Real Time - WSJ (click here)

June 18, 2013: US scientist's family says $ingapore inquest 'a sham' - AFP (click here)


"They never interviewed us and it became obvious from the court that they never investigated the possibility of murder."

- Rick Todd, Shane's father, BBC report July 8, 2013.

$ingapore's courts strictly uphold justice.

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UPDATED: March 4, 2013



March 2, 2013: SINGAPORE - The Federal Bureau of Investigation will assist in the probe of the death of an American engineer in $ingapore last year following a request by the city-state's police. $ingapore police started an investigation into the death of Shane Todd, who was an engineer at $ingapore's state-run Institute of Microelectronics, after he was found dead in June.

Its request to the FBI comes after media reports said Mr. Todd's family has disputed initial police findings that they say may point to suicide. The family has suggested in media interviews that Mr. Todd, who was found hanging in his apartment, may have been killed and that $ingapore police mishandled the investigation.

$ingapore police said Saturday that it has sought the FBI's help to "engage the family" and "examine the evidence" that the family may have that could help its investigation. It did so because the family didn't respond to earlier requests to share potential evidence, a police spokesman said in an email.

More here.

Comments on the above report from $ingapore netizens and "planted poppus distracters" GoldenDragon and Scroobal below:

"Invitation is to appease family of the deceased. End of the day, FBI will issue a statement that death was suicide. Embassy officials were satisfied much earlier that there was no foul play involved."
- GoldenDragon, March 3, 2013

"There are numbers of answers that lie in the US and the local Police have no jurisdiction over there. The protocol is to request the agency in that country that has jurisdiction to assist. They certainly need to access his medical records as he was taking medication for depression. There is also the HD that has been mentioned plus the family pathologist findings. These are pretty routine all over the world. I am sure the US authorities know all this.

"As the coroner inquiry gives ample opportunity to the family, their lawyers and their medical experts to quiz, it will interesting how this will pan out. I can sort of guess the pathologist will not come as the family will not pay the money. Don't be surprised if their lawyer also does not turn up. Only the embassy will be present for wayang."

- Scroobal, March 3, 2013

NOTE: 'Wayang' is a local expression for suggesting the whole episode is all "for show".

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UPDATED: March 11, 2013



March 8, 2013: Fox has learned that Secretary of State John Kerry met Thursday with Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) over the mysterious death of Shane Todd, a Montana resident who was found hanged in $ingapore.

Todd worked with high tech chemicals for the Institute for Micro Electionics (IME) based in $ingapore. His parents have told Baucus that they believe he may have been killed by the Chinese after he came across some high-tech security info he was not supposed to be privy to.

His body was found hanging in his apartment in $ingapore. But there are multiple inconsistencies with that suicide theory. He told his parents before that he was worried that the project he was working on may endanger U.S. national security.

Fox is told that the meeting between Kerry and Baucus propelled the issue onto the secretary's radar. Baucus had wanted to meet with Kerry but was unable to do so as the secretary was on a lengthy globetrotting trip. - by Greta Van Susteren, foxnewsinsider

This time the internet chatter in $ingapore was very limited.

Both "planted poppus distracters" GoldenDragon and Scroobal did not comment.

Read the Washington Post March 9 report here: "Shane Todd's Parents call for U.S. investigation into American engineer's death in $ingapore"

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UPDATED: March 18, 2013



March 18, 2013: CNN reports: A police investigation into one man's death has now become an issue between two countries. $ingapore's Foreign Ministry on Sunday said it was "deeply disappointed" by the attempt of two U.S. senators to block funding to the country's state-backed Institute of Microelectronics after an American who worked there was found dead in $ingapore last June.

U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana recently introduced a measure to block U.S. funding to the institute until U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder certifies that the FBI had full access to all evidence related to the death of research engineer Shane Todd.

Todd's parents, who are from Montana, had raised the issue with the senators in early March. Baucus told reporters in Washington that he will work until he is "satisfied that the parents have closure, and I am convinced there has been no national security breach or improper transfer of technology that puts America at risk."

According to a statement from the senators, in 2010, IME received nearly US$500,000 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military.

It was unclear what proportion of IME's overall budget the U.S. funds amounted to.

Shane Todd was found hanged in his apartment in June 2012, just days after resigning from a job at IME. His death was reportedly called a suicide in initial reports by a $ingapore coroner.

The senators' latest move came despite a meeting between Baucus and $ingapore's Foreign Minister K $hanmugam on Tuesday. In a statement from $ingapore's Foreign Ministry, $ingapore also objected to the "pressure" in this case and said the country has "made every effort to be open and transparent in both the investigation of Mr. Todd's death and the IME's projects."

The full CNN report here.

Due to U.S. pressure, $ingapore is now continuing investigations. The $ingapore coroner had previously declared the case closed. That Shane Todd had committed suicide.

Read CNN's Shane Todd's family disputes Singapore police probe into son's death here.

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Updated: March 31, 2013


In $ingapore on March 27, 2013, yet another foreigner was found dead. The local nation-builder press reported, "The body of a 33-year-old Russian tourist was found in Swissotel The Stamford on Wednesday morning. Officers from the $ingapore Civil Defence Force had to remove the body from a fifth-floor beam, where it was stuck. It is not known how the man's body ended up there, but he was pronounced dead at the scene."

Police were at the scene for 12 hours. It is unknown what the police were doing.

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