Immigration Bureau nabs 3 Korean fugitives wanted for fraud, murder

<i>Photo: Jonathan Cellona / ABS-CBN News</i>
Photo: Jonathan Cellona / ABS-CBN News

Three Korean fugitives wanted for crimes in their country were arrested in three different places in Luzon in January and are awaiting deportation, the Immigration bureau announced today.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the three Korean nationals were arrested by operatives of the bureau’s fugitive search unit in Pampanga, Laguna, and Manila.

The first was identified as a 55-year-old woman named Kwon Houkrae who was apprehended in Angeles City, Pampanga on Jan. 23. Authorities alleged that Kwon had hired a group of hitmen to murder a compatriot five years ago, which led a Korean court to issue a warrant for her arrest.

On the same day, bureau operatives apprehended 40-year-old Park Iksu in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. A warrant of arrest was issued against him by a Busan district court for swindling a fellow Korean out of US$200,000.

On Jan. 27, the bureau arrested 49-year-old Bak Hyeon Gi inside his hotel room in Malate, Manila. He was also wanted for fraud for allegedly receiving PHP3 million (US$59,080) from a fellow Korean for facilitating the issuance of a court restraining order in the former’s favor. The fugitive, who allegedly claimed to have strong connections with high-ranking government officials in South Korea, failed to deliver on his promise.

All three fugitives are being detained in the Immigration Bureau’s detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, and are awaiting deportation.


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