A TOP Korean fugitive who eluded deportation for two years was arrested by immigration operatives on Wednesday in Angeles City.
Lee Sang Te, an alleged member of the Korean mafia, was arrested in a private hotel and casino in Angeles around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday.
“Lee attempted to delay arrest by confining himself in a private hospital. A number of key personalities in other local agencies even tried to negotiate in Lee’s behalf,” said BI spokesperson Elaine Tan, as she declined to name the personalities who tried to protect Lee.
BI was able to take full custody of Lee after checking him out of the private hospital on Thursday evening.
Lee has been wanted by the South Korean government since 2011 for the crime of “inflicting bodily injury resulting from robbery,” in addition to other cases where he is involved, the BI said.
His passport was also cancelled. He has been in the country since May 12, 2009.
On October 4, 2013, Lee was issued a summary deportation order for being an undocumented and undesirable foreign national.
Tan said Lee will be sent back to South Korea as soon as possible. (Sunnex)