Video shows Israeli-American murder suspect being brought back to Taiwan

Israeli-American murder suspect extradited back to Taiwan to face justice


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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Israeli-American suspect who was wanted for the murder of a Canadian English teacher in New Taipei City last month was extradited from the Philippines tonight to face justice in Taiwan.

The 37-year-old Israeli-American tattoo artist named Oren Shlomo Mayer, also known as "Oz Diamond," who is suspected of murdering 43-year-old Canadian English teacher Ryan Sanjay Ramgahan in August, was arrested in the Philippines on Sept. 5. After nearly two weeks of processing his extradition from the Philippines to Taiwan, Mayer arrived at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 7 p.m. under the guard of Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) officers.

Mayer will first undergo questioning by CIB police before being transferred to the New Taipei City Prosecutor's Office to face charges for the murder of Ramgahan.

The extradition by Mayer tonight means that the Israeli Foreign Ministry had decided to not become involved in the handling of his case, despite a request from his family to intervene.

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In May of this year, Taipei police found foreigners to be in possession of marijuana in a local nightclub and traced the origin of the drug to Ramgahan. He was then arrested in Yonghe District for possession of more than 200 grams of marijuana.

After being leveled with drug charges, several of Ramgahan’s clients suspected he began working as a police informant and had started to betray their drug deals to the authorities, according to media reports. After becoming engaged in heated disputes with Ramgahan over drugs, Mayer and 30-year-old African-American male Ewart Odane Bent allegedly plotted to set an ambush for him.

On the evening of Aug. 21, Bent and Mayer allegedly rode YouBikes to the area and lay in wait for Ramgahan as he walked his dog "Lulu" along the riverside park near Zhongzheng Bridge in New Taipei City's Yonghe District. The men allegedly first pounced on Ramgahan and choked him with a wire saw, before hacking him with the machetes.

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After news broke of the discovery of Ramgahan's dismembered body on Aug. 22 in a riverside park in New Taipei City's Yonghe District, Mayer fled Taiwan on a Cebu Airlines Flight 5J-311 bound for Manila at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 25.

Taiwan and the Philippines have an extradition agreement and most recently, on May 23, Taiwanese police arrested Filipino fugitive and former Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo Parojinog and sent him to the Philippines on July 27. After receiving a request from Taiwan' CIB to find and capture Mayer, the PNP put together a taskforce to begin a manhunt.

On Aug. 29, it was reported that Philippine police managed to pinpoint the hotel where Mayer was staying and had tailed him after he fled by bus, but lost track of him once he transferred to a Manila Metro Rail Transit System train.

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Police questioned a Philippine woman who had been seen on surveillance footage to be frequently visiting Mayer at the hotel. After ensuring her protection from reprisals from Mayer for turning him in, the woman agreed to cooperate with police and informed them of the next residence he was planning to move to.

On Sept. 5, police raided the apartment Mayer was staying at in Cambridge Village in Cainta, Rizal Province and successfully arrested him. Mayer reportedly told the police that the half a dozen people found inside the apartment with him were from his circle of tattoo friends and were not involved in the murder of Ramgahan.

On Sept. 8, news broke that the U.S. government revoked Mayer's passport, rendering him unable to continue his stay in the Philippines. The Times of Israel also reported that the Israeli Embassy in the Philippines refused a request by Mayer's family to issue him a passport.

Mayer being escorted by police in Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (Image by CIB)

Mayer being escorted by police in Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (Image by CIB)

The following video shows Mayer being escorted by Philippine police before boarding a plane for Taiwan:

(Video by CIB)

In the following video, Mayer can be seen being given an extra layer of handcuffs to restrain him after arriving by plane at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

(Video by CIB)

In the following video, Mayer can be seen being escorted by heavily armed police through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

(Video by CIB)