John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book...it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can't put it down! It's a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That's the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei's latest film is The Blue Mansion - Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It's quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Singapore court frees two alleged terrorists wanted by the U.S.

Choo Han Teck

Judge Choo Han Teck

In just 10 minutes, US-alleged terrorists Mr. Lim Yong Nam’s and the glamorous Ms. Wong Yuh Lan’s 10-month ordeals were over. This was thanks to Singapore Judge Choo Han Teck.

This is the first time that a Singapore court has ordered the release of detainees requested for extradition by another country.

The to be released are 38-year-old Lim Yong Nam (a.k.a. Lin Rongnan, Steven Lim and Yong Nam Lim) and 39-year-old attractive Ms, Wong Yuh Lan, (a.k.a. Huang Yulan, Jancy Wong and Yuh Lan Wong) were among four Singaporeans arrested in October because of an extradition request from the United States.

That’s a lot of aliases for two “innocent” people to use.

At Singapore’s High Court, the charges against Mr. Lim Yong Nam and Ms Wong Yuh Lan were dismissed by Judge Choo Han Teck said, “dual criminality has not been met,” agreeing with the defense that the alleged offences fall outside the list of extradition crimes under the US-Singapore treaty.

The other alleged terrorists who will be extradited (hopefully) are, Lim Kow Seng (a.k.a. Alvin Stanley, Eric Lim, James Wong, Mike Knight and Seng Lim Kow) and Benson Hia Soo Guan (a.k.a. Benson, Soo Gan Benson Hia and Thomas Yan). More aliases.

Both Lim Kow Seng and Hia will be extradited to face charges of funneling thousands of radio frequency modules from the US to Iran via Singapore.

Judge Choo agreed with an earlier ruling by the Subordinate Court that both Lim Kow Seng and Hia were part of a conspiracy to export the parts without a license from the US government. The two should now be sent to the US shortly to face trial.

However, since Singapore is a haven for criminals and fugitives, who knows if Lim Kow Seng and Hia will ever be extradited.

The four Singaporeans had allegedly shipped from Singapore to Iran 6,000 radio frequency modules they had bought from a US company, Digi International. These modules were destined for use in Iraq to kill American soldiers. In fact, the parts were said to have been found later in improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

According to the US indictment, the defendants profited considerably from their illegal trade, making tens of thousands of dollars for arranging these illegal exports.

A brief rundown of the four alleged terrorists

Ms. Wong Yuy Lan, 39

The beautiful Ms. Wong Yuh Lan, an agent of Opto Electronics, was allegedly supervised by a source in Iran.

Lim Yong Nam, 38

The U.S. indictment also charged NEL Electronics Pte. Ltd., a Singapore company, along with NEL’s owner and director, Singapore citizen Lim Yong Nam.

The address for NEL Electronics, where Lim Yong Nam worked, led to an office unit in an industrial area at Kallang Way. The name on the door, however, read “Fe-De Electronics.”

Lim Kow Seng, 42 & Hia Soo Gan Benson, 44

The indictment also charges Corezing International Pte. Ltd., a Singapore company that maintained offices in China, as well as Singapore citizen Lim Kow Seng, an agent of Corezing, and Singapore citizen Hia Soo Gan Benson, a manager, director and agent of Corezing.

Danger to U.S. Troops

U.S. prosecutors say that at least 16 of the modules turned up in unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Who knows how many of the modules killed Americans in IEDs that exploded?

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