BI nabs Korean fugitive

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IMMIGRATION agents arrested another Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in Seoul for robbery, extortion and illegal drugs and who was also facing charges here in the Philippines kidnapping a compatriot in Makati City’

Bureau of Immigration (BI) 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 Jan. 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 Dec. 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.

The BI chief 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 Feb. 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.

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