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South Korean Man Wanted on Interpol Red Notice Arrested in Bangkok

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BANGKOK – Immigration Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, has told a press briefing in Bangkok that authorities have arrested Kim Kyung Soo, 56, wanted on an Interpol Red Notice, who fled to Thailand two years ago to avoid arrest and prosecution in South Korea for alleged investment fraud.

Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn said that after being alerted by Interpol to his presence in Thailand, police had checked immigration databases but found no travel record for the suspect, so assumed he had entered the country illegally.

Upon receiving information of his reported presence at a condominium on South Sathon Road in Sathon district of Bangkok, local police and immigration officers surrounded the area and detained a suspect whose photo and tattoos matched the details in the Interpol red notice.

Mr Kim failed to produce his passport when asked and later admitted to have fled a criminal case in South Korea.

He had boarded a ship to Vietnam and then illegally entered Thailand via Cambodia through a natural border pass two years ago.

The suspect has been charged with illegal entry. He was held for legal action before being deported to South Korea to face the fraud charges, Pol Lt Gen Surachate said.