BI arrests 2 foreign fugitives

Published November 5, 2018, 2:40 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Monday the arrest of a Japanese and a South Korean who are both wanted in their country for economic crimes.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Japanese national Masaya Nonoyama, 57, and Korean Lee Jong Hyun, 36, were arrested on Oct. 22 in Taguig City and Dasmariñas, Cavite, respectively, by operatives from the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).

Morente said the undesirable aliens will be deported shortly to answer for their crimes.

Nonoyama is wanted for embezzlement while Lee is an alleged swindler.

FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said Nonoyama has been in the country since September 2015 and an embezzlement arrest warrant has been issued against him which offense carries 10-year jail term under Japan’s Penal Code.

On the other hand, Lee has also been overstaying as he has not left the country since he arrived in January 2014.

He is in the Interpol’s red notice list and is wanted for swindling his compatriots of millions of pesos.

“Their passports have already been cancelled by their governments, hence they are also considered undocumented aliens,” said BI spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval.