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American murder suspect held incommunicado

2018/09/19 19:11:10

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Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) The New Taipei District Court ruled Wednesday that an American national suspected of involvement in the murder of a Canadian man in New Taipei last month be held incommunicado after being determined a flight risk and likely to conspire with others to cover up his alleged crime.

Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, who fled to the Philippines following the murder and dismemberment of Ryan Sanjay Ramgahan, was arrested in that country Sept. 5 and extradited to Taiwan Monday thanks to police cooperation between the two countries.

Mayer and fellow countryman Ewart Odane Bent, 30, are accused of being involved in what police have characterized as the drug-related homicide of 43-year-old Ramgahan, whose torso was found Aug. 22 under Zhongzheng Bridge in Yonghe District (永和).

Bent was taken into custody Aug. 24, while Mayer fled to the Philippines before the police could question him.

Both Mayer and Bent were English teachers in Taiwan. One possible motive for the crime reported by the local media is that the two men were angry with Ramgahan, who they suspected of informing police about their alleged drug related activities.

(By Lin Chang-hsun and Flor Wang)