Taipei, An Israeli-American man suspected of murdering a Canadian citizen in New Taipei last month was repatriated Monday from Manila to Taiwan escorted by four Taiwanese police officers to face trial, thanks to coordination among the authorities in the United States, the Philippines and Taiwan.
Upon his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Oren Shlomo Mayer was taken to the Criminal Investigation Bureau for questioning before being referred to the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office for further investigation.
The 37-year-old Mayer, along with Ewart Odane Bent, a 30-year-old American, allegedly killed Canadian Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan and dismembered his body, which was discovered on a riverbank under Zhongzheng Bridge in the city's Yonghe District Aug. 22.
According to Philippine police, Mayer, who fled Taiwan after the murder, was arrested in an apartment in Cainta on the Philippines' Luzon Island Sept. 5 following a tipoff provided by Taiwanese police.
Bent was arrested by police in Taiwan Aug.25.
The repatriation was made possible only after the U.S. authorities last month revoked Mayer's passport, rendering him stateless and facing deportation, according to Philippines Bureau of Immigration documents.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel