South Korea Extradites South Korean Operating Illegal Gambling Site in China from Philippines

David Lee, Jan. 5, 2016, 8:40 a.m.

Police said Tuesday that they have received a 40-year-old South Korean man operating an illegal gambling website in China from Filipino authorities. The fugitive, identified only by his surname Lim, was extradited to Seoul on Monday after being held up at the Manila airport for about 30 hours. Lim was denied entry to the Philippines on Saturday after he arrived at the airport from China.

The extradition, the first of its kind, came two months after South Korea asked the Philippines to expel South Korean criminals before they enter the country. Lim was on the Interpol wanted list at the request of the South Korean police last year for allegedly running an online gambling site with total bets reaching some 70 billion won (US$59 million), according to the National Police Agency.

Police said Lim opened the website in May 2013 after setting up an office in China's Shandong Province and earned some 30 billion won in unlawful profits by June 2014."Once a wanted man enters the Philippines, it is hard to arrest the person, but this case is significant in that the fugitive was caught at the entry level," an official from the NPA said. "We are planning to sign a memorandum of understanding on this issue (with the Philippines) and gradually increase the number of suspects on the wanted list sent to them."

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