A South Korean fugitive who is wanted by Interpol in connection with extortion in South Korea was arrested on Friday in Preah Sihanouk province, police said Sunday.
Kol Phally, deputy Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief, said Jung Eui-yong, 53, was arrested on Friday afternoon.
“We arrested him based on a request made by the [South] Korean Embassy in Phnom Penh,” he said, adding that Mr. Jung had been on Interpol’s red-notice list of most-wanted criminals since August 12.
Mr. Phally said provincial police had cooperated with the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department to arrest Mr. Jung.
“We arrested him at 5 p.m on Friday while he was hiding in Borey Hilton Park Villa in Buon commune near Don Bosco School,” he said. “Based on information I received, he was wanted by those involved with the extortion of money from people in Korea.”
Mr. Phally said he did not know how much money Mr. Jung had extorted, but a report posted to the National Police website Sunday said he had extorted about 300 million won, or about $255,000, from people in South Korea.
A spokesman at the South Korean Embassy said he could not comment because the case was being investigated by the South Korean Justice Ministry.
Mr. Phally said Mr. Jung had been sent for questioning at the Ministry of Interior and that he did not have further details about the case.
“I just know he was charged with extorting money, but I don’t know how he did it or how much money yet,” Mr. Phally said.
Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said that Mr. Jung was being detained at the ministry’s anti-terrorism and cross-border crimes department for further questioning.
“I heard [from the department] he is still in Cambodia; Cambodian authorities did not deport him yet,” he said.
(Additional reporting by Peter Ford)