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Jail for S’porean businessman who got rid of potential evidence on illegal gas oil transfer to North Korean ship

Vessels Rye Song Gang 1 and Yuk Tung photographed on Jan 20, 2018.

Vessels Rye Song Gang 1 and Yuk Tung photographed on Jan 20, 2018.

SINGAPORE — Shortly after news broke that his company's tanker had allegedly breached United Nations (UN) sanctions by transferring gas oil to a North Korean vessel at sea, Manfred Low Cheng Jing decided to get rid of potentially incriminating evidence.

At the time in 2018, Low was a director at Yuk Tung Energy, a Singapore-incorporated oil trading and bunkering firm that owned the tanker in question.

He disposed of an Apple iMac desktop computer, as well as his mobile phone, in order to impede investigations by the Singapore police’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD).

He then lied that the devices had been destroyed when a car ran over his bag, but later admitted to discarding them.

On Tuesday (June 7), Low, now aged 31, was jailed for 15 weeks after pleading guilty to obstructing justice. Another such charge was taken into consideration for sentencing.

Under prevailing UN sanctions, ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to and from North Korea-flagged vessels are banned.
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