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Shell MGO bunker heist: Syndicate member’s nephew jailed over concealment of safe containing valuables

27 May 2022

Muhammad Hafiz Bin Ismail, the nephew of Abdul Latif Bin Ibrahim who played a leading role in the Shell MGO bunker heist, on Wednesday (25 May) received a one-week prison sentence from a judge at the State Courts of Singapore.

The accused pleaded guilty to one charge under section 204A read with section 108B and section 109 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed) for directing the relocation of a safe belonging to Latif, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.

Hafiz relocated the safe after learning of his uncle’s arrest when being contacted by police on 8 January 2018 while in Dubai.

After the call, he told accomplices in Singapore to move the safe out of the premise of Brispec Singapore Pte Ltd – a firm financed by Latif – after suspecting the safe to be involved in the arrest.

Between 8 and 18 January 2018, the police received information of Hafiz being in possession of the safe belonging to Latif, and that it contained gold and large amounts of cash.

Suspecting that the safe contained Latif’s benefits from his involvement in the dishonest misappropriation of gasoil from Shell, the police contacted Hafiz at a residence on 18 January to ask for the safe’s whereabouts.

Following, Hafiz and an accomplice led police to recover the safe at a local Extra Space warehouse storage facility. The contents, namely SGD 4,431,000 (USD 3.23 million) and USD 243,100 in cash, and one piece of 100-gram gold-coloured bar were found in the safe.

“These contents belonged to Latif and had been inside the safe from before 7 January 2018, and they were in fact Latif’s benefits from his criminal conduct, namely, his offences under section 408 read with section 109 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed) in relation to his engaging in a conspiracy to sell gasoil belonging to Shell at Pulau Bukom without Shell’s knowledge or authorisation,” said the document.

Earlier coverage of developments by Manifold Times regarding the Shell MGO bunker heist can be found below:

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 27 May, 2022

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