December 01, 2023

Singapore says North Korea sanctions buster in country after US offers bounty

Police report they were in communication with Washington about Kwek Kee Seng even before US offered $5 million reward

A Singaporean businessman wanted by the U.S. for helping smuggle oil into North Korea has been in Singapore since early last year, the city-state’s police force said Friday evening, just one day after the U.S. offered $5 million for information on the alleged sanctions violator.

According to a Singapore Police Force (SPF) press release, authorities seized Kwek Kee Seng’s passport in April last year after the U.S. first brought a criminal complaint against him. He has been under investigation ever since, though it’s unclear if Kwek is in custody.