• Scientist’s family seeks US Congress inquiry

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    BY AFP

    SINGAPORE: The parents of a United States scientist found hanged in Singapore last year said on Thursday that they will seek a US congressional inquiry and tap a celebrity Thai pathologist to prove their son was murdered.

    Mary Todd, mother of the late researcher Shane Todd whose death in June 2012 was ruled a suicide by the Singapore police, indicated the family did not expect the US government to intervene because of its interests in Asia.

    “We don’t know, we don’t know what the US government will do,” she said in an interview at Singapore’s Changi Airport before she, her husband Rick and two sons boarded a flight back to the United States.

    “We’ve got so much evidence backing up what we have claimed that our son was involved with,” she said, adding that the US government “is very tentative because of their relationship with Singa-pore and China.

    “I think they’d rather have us go away. But we’re not going away.”

    Asked if the campaign will include pressing for a US congressional investigation, she said “yes”.

    The family says that before he died, Shane Todd feared he was being made to compromise US national security in a secret project involving a Singapore institute and a Chinese telecom firm accused of international espionage.

    The Todds stormed out of a Singapore coroner’s inquest on Tuesday, saying they had lost faith in the process, after a succession of witnesses gave evidence that he hanged himself in his apartment.

    Their case was further undermined on Wednesday when two senior US medical examiners backed Singa-pore’s suicide report and rejected a murder scenario put forward by another American pathologist who had been engaged by the Todds.

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