Another South Korean fugitive nabbed in Manila

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MANILA -- Another South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in Seoul for robbery, extortion and illegal drugs and who was charged here for kidnapping a compatriot in Manila was collared recently, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Tuesday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. identified the fugitive as Bang Gi Il, 49, who was picked up by immigration agents at the Manila city jail last January 29.

The BI took him into custody after the Manila Regional Trial Court dismissed the kidnapping case that was filed against him for the alleged kidnapping of a Korean in Manila on December 6, 2011.

David said the Korean embassy had sought the fugitive's deportation and informed the Manila court that the complainants were no longer interested in pursuing the kidnapping case.

He added that the BI board of commissioners earlier ordered the alien's summary deportation due to the cancellation of his passport by the Korean government.

Lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas, BI intelligence assistant chief, said the Korean is wanted for robbery and extortion, which happened on February 14, 2012, when he and his Korean cohorts conspired with several Philippine policemen in kidnapping four of their compatriots in Makati City.

"The victims' relatives were allegedly forced to pay the suspects P876,000 after the kidnappers threatened to charge the victims for alleged possession of marijuana," Licas said.

Licas also disclosed that Bang is the subject of two arrest warrants for violating Korea's narcotics control act.

He said the fugitive was charged with consuming the illegal drug called Philopon and for asking a compatriot to smuggle from Manila more than 35 grams of the said drug into Korea on October 13, 2010.

Licas also cited a report from the Korean embassy stating that on August 26, 2009, Bang was convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment by a district court in Incheon, South Korea, also for possession of illegal drugs.

Recently, Immigration agents arrested South Korean Kim Sung Kon, alias Jacky Kim who was wanted for murder and robbery in his country and who was charged and detained in Cebu City for kidnapping a compatriot there. (SDR/Sunnex)

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