By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have intercepted a South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for taking hostage and robbing a compatriot more than a year ago.
In a report to Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina identified the fugitive as Lee Myungseok, 30, who was scheduled to board a Korean Airlines flight bound for Incheon, South Korea.
Medina said Lee had just presented himself for processing at the BI departure counter when his name appeared in the Interpol’s list of wanted international suspects.
“We immediately informed our Korean counterparts about his travel and he was subsequently arrested by Korean policemen upon his arrival at the Incheon airport,” Medina said.
He said that an arrest warrant against Lee was issued on Feb. 20 by the Seoul central district court where he was charged with robbery and hostage taking.
Information obtained from the BI-Interpol unit revealed that Lee allegedly conspired with five other Korean suspects in extorting from a Korean national.
The incident supposedly occurred in February last year when the suspects barged into the victim’s condominium unit, took him hostage, and asked for his money and other belongings.
The suspects then reportedly took the victim’s cash equivalent to P800,000, his tablet worth P40,000, and his vehicle worth nearly a million pesos.
If convicted, Lee could be sentenced up to 10 years in jail under the Korea’s criminal law.