Parents decry inquest into son’s death in Singapore

SINGAPORE — The parents of an American software engineer found dead in his Singapore apartment last year left the city-state Thursday before the end of a coroner’s inquest, saying they had lost faith in the process. Their lawyer said they would push for a US congressional inquiry.

Rick and Mary Todd believe that their son Shane Truman Todd was killed in June 2012 and that evidence of suicide presented by Singapore police was faked.


Rick Todd told reporters at the airport before they left for their Montana home that they felt there was no point in staying.

‘‘Our next step from today is using the court of public opinion,’’ he said. ‘‘If our government wants to talk about industrial espionage and murder, we’re more than willing to help.’’

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During the inquest, state counsel presented evidence of links to suicide websites on the 31-year-old’s laptop, as well as suicide letters written to his family members and loved ones.

Shane Todd’s parents said in March that they believe he may have been killed over his research in the United States into material used to make heat-resistant semiconductors, a technology with military applications.

Associated Press

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