The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported a South Korean fugitive who was on a run after facing online gambling charges back in Seoul. The accused is wanted by the Seoul authorities for operating an illegal online gambling website.
35-year-old Jung Hyeongwook has been deported by the immigration authorities. He had fled South Korea last year in September and since then had not returned.
Immigration Port Operations chief Grifton Medina said that Jung was deported after he surrendered to the Korean Embassy in Manila. The Korean Embassy canceled Jung’s passport making his stay in the Philippines illegal.
Recently, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked the ex-CEO of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun-suk and former Big Bang member Seungri on charges of consistent gambling and gambling overseas.
According to the gambling rules in South Korea, it is illegal for people to participate in gambling in the country and even outside the country where it is legal. However, normally if caught gambling overseas it is likely that one gets away with a warning.
The Korean authorities issue temporary travel documents to fulfill Jung’s formal departure procedures. He was arrested upon arrival in South Korea.
“I’ve recommended to Commissioner [Jaime] Morente that Jung be included in our blacklist to prevent him from reentering the country,” Medina said.
Earlier in July, Malaysia Extradited 37 Korean nationals over gambling charges.