By JUN RAMIREZ
South Korea’s second most wanted criminal and alleged leader of a Korean mafia based here was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents.
BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison said Beong Koo Lee alias Bruce Lee will soon be deported following his arrest the other day at a restaurant in Ermita, Manila.
Mison disclosed that a deportation order was already issued by the BI Board of Commissioners against him for being an undocumented and undesirable alien.
He said the Interpol was also searching for the fugitive due to an arrest warrant that was issued against him by a Korean court two years ago. The said warrant was issued in May 2011 by a district court in Jeonju, South Korea where Lee was charged for mauling and robbing a compatriot of nearly half a million dollars.
Lee is the latest alien to fall in the BI’s intensified campaign against illegal aliens dubbed as “Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out.“
“We will deport him as his continued stay here poses a serious threat to public safety and order,“ Mison declared, as he cited an Interpol report showing that Lee was convicted on various other offenses by different courts in Korea.
According to lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas, local authorities have long suspected Lee of being the head of a syndicate that blackmails and extorts money from Korean tourists and businessmen in the country.
Licas said some of the syndicate’s victims were even abducted and freed only after their relatives in Korea paid the ransom money. He said Lee was the second most wanted fugitive in his country.
Lee last arrived in Manila on June 21 last year and that he had been illegally staying here because his passport was already cancelled by the South Korean government.