Man Accused of Fraud Extradited from Korea to Czech Republic
A man who had fled to Korea after committing large-scale fraud in the Czech Republic was recently extradited back to his home country. Despite gaining Korean citizenship and adopting a Korean-style name in an attempt to conceal his identity, his efforts proved futile.
Arrest and Extradition Process
On the 17th, the suspect, known as Mr. A, was handed over to the Czech authorities upon his arrival at an airport. He was promptly escorted by the police, with a waiting police car outside the terminal.
Judicial proceedings against Mr. A had resumed in Prague on the 16th, after the Czech Republic requested a joint investigation through Interpol. In 2013, Mr. A, a Czech national, had been accused of fraud but had managed to disappear. However, after a decade, he was apprehended in Korea this year.
The Czech Ministry of Justice revealed that Mr. A had married a Korean woman and obtained Korean citizenship. His effective identity laundering, including the usage of a Korean first name and a family name, had posed challenges for the Czech authorities in determining his location.
International Cooperation and Extradition Agreement
“He obtained Korean citizenship and his Czech citizenship has been terminated. With a Korean passport, he could have traveled to the Czech Republic without even realizing he was on the wanted list,” said Roman Masaryk, Consul Counselor at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Korea.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic expressed gratitude towards the Korean side, stating that this was the first extradition case between the two countries from Korea to the Czech Republic. The extradition was made possible by the European Convention on Extradition, signed between the Republic of Korea and the Czech Republic.
“He was apprehended by the Korean police about two months before the expiration of the period during which he could face legal punishment,” added Roman Masaryk.
Efficient Extradition and Cooperation
The entire process, from arrest to transfer, took approximately two months. It was reported that Mr. A had displayed a cooperative attitude during the extradition process.
Video broadcast courtesy of Lee Yong.
A man who fled to Korea after committing hundreds of millions of money gained in fraud in the Czech Republic was taken to the Czech Republic the day before yesterday (17th). He gained Korean nationality and changed his name to Korean style and tried to whitewash his identity, but his tail was stepped on.
This is reporter Kim Ah-young.
A man gets off the plane and is escorted by the police.
A police car is waiting outside the airport.
On the 16th local time, the Czech authorities resumed judicial proceedings against Mr A, a Czech national who was brought to Prague from Korea.
Mr A was accused of fraud in the Czech Republic in 2013, but he suddenly disappeared and was arrested in Korea at the beginning of June this year after 10 years.
The Czech Ministry of Justice was caught asking Interpol for a joint investigation.
It was revealed that Mr. And married a Korean woman and gained Korean citizenship.
It was difficult for the Czech authorities to decide where to be because the identity was effectively washed, such as using a family name and a Korean first name.
[로만 마사릭/주한 체코 대사관 공사참사관 : 그는 한국 시민권을 얻었고, 체코 시민권은 중단시켰습니다. 한국 여권을 가지고 있었기 때문에 수배된 상태인지도 모르게 체코를 오갈 수도 있었죠.]
[로만 마사릭/주한 체코 대사관 공사참사관 : 법적 처벌을 받을 수 있는 기간이 만료되기 두 달 전에 한국 경찰에 구금된 것이죠.]
The Republic of Korea and the Czech Republic have signed the European Convention on Extradition.
The process from arrest to transfer was relatively quick, around two months, and the embassy said that Mr A was cooperative during the transfer process.
(Video broadcast: Lee Yong)
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