BI intercepts SoKor fugitive

A SOUTH Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for involvement in cybercrime and operating an illegal online gaming business was intercepted by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina identified the passenger as  Ju Minhyeok, 23.  He was intercepted last Thursday at the NAIA terminal 1 after attempting to board an Aseana Airlines flight to Incheon. It was learned that only last April 11, a Busan district court issued a warrant for Ju’s arrest, which prompted the Interpol to issue a red notice against him. He could be sentenced to a maximum jail term of seven years if convicted.

Medina said the immigration officer who processed him saw that his name is in the Interpol watchlist, with the country’s counterparts abroad requesting alert if he is encountered.

According to Medina, Ju was only allowed to board his flight after South Korean authorities have been alerted about his impending arrival in Seoul.

He was arrested upon his arrival at the Incheon airport where operatives from the cybercrime investigation squad of the Busan police were waiting for him, Medina said. ‘

Rommel Tacorda, BI-Interpol chief, said Ju is wanted in Korea for violating the national sports promotion act for allegedly engaging in illegal gambling activities.

Ju allegedly conspired with other Korean suspects in operating several online gambling websites which solicited and accepted bets from Korean customers.  These suspects were said to run the sites called ‘Deadpool’ through which bettors could win or lose money by predicting the results of various sports competitions.