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Fugitive South Korean arrested in Siem Reap

Fugitive South Korean arrested in Siem Reap

South Korean fugitive Shin Joungchul, who was arrested in Siem Reap yesterday. National Police
South Korean fugitive Shin Joungchul, who was arrested in Siem Reap yesterday. National Police

A man listed on Interpol for drug crimes in South Korea was arrested in Siem Reap early yesterday morning, police confirmed.

Police say they arrested Shin Joungchul in Siem Reap’s Svay Dangkum commune early yesterday morning following an Interpol red notice from South Korean authorities first made in November 2014.

“It’s the order from Deputy National Police Commissioner Mok Chito to arrest him because there’s a red notice from Interpol in Korea that he committed drug crimes overseas,” Oum Amra, deputy police chief in Siem Reap, confirmed yesterday.

“The police have followed him for days, and he was staying in Siem Reap for 16 days,” he said. “He was also using a fake passport.”

Amra said the suspect would soon be sent to the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug department in Phnom Penh for further questioning.

Neither the National Police nor the anti-drug department could be reached for comment yesterday.

According to an Interpol red notice attached to the National Police website, Shin is a 53-year-old South Korean national listed as a “fugitive wanted for prosecution”.

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