BI nabs American, Korean fugitives

Published April 10, 2022, 11:05 AM

by Jun Ramirez

Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives arrested on Friday, April 8, an American and a South Korean fugitives in separate operations in Manila.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) identified the fugitives as Khalil Kamal Hattar, 56, American and Korean Lee Jung Hun, 59.

FSU chief Rendel Ryan Sy said Hattar is the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by the Superior Court of the State of Arizona in 2015 for child abuse and domestic violence.

On the other hand, Lee was arrested by a team of FSU operatives on the strength of a warrant of deportation issued by the BI based on an Interpol Red Notice and an arrest warrant issued by the Seoul central district court in July 2015.

Information obtained from the Interpol’s national central bureau (NCB) revealed that Lee is wanted for swindling a compatriot of some 300 million Korean won in November 2009.

Lee allegedly enticed the suspect to lend him money on the promise that it will be repaid by transferring to him ownership of real property units owned by the suspect.

However, Lee reportedly failed to settle his debt despite repeated demands.

The two fugitives were brought to the BI warden facility at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City where they will remain while undergoing deportation proceedings