N Korean Asylum-Seeker Spirited Away to Khabarovsk
Experts say Kim Choi Su is likely to be handed over to North Korean authorities.
VLADIVOSTOK. March 23. VOSTOK-MEDIA – A new twist has emerged in the case of the North Korean asylum-seeker, who was detained in Vladivostok.
Earlier, local media outlets reported that Kim Choi Su, the citizen of DPRK, had escaped his job as logger at the Amur Oblast lumber camp in early March 2010, together with seven fellow loggers. The police seized five of the fugitives in Khabarovsk, while the other two managed to find their way into the South Korean Consulate in Vladivostok and hid themselves in it. Kim Choi Su preferred the legal way – prior to it he had called to the South Korean Consulate and asked for political asylum, but the Consulate denied it to him.
The ex-logger phoned the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok. However, just before he was to meet Thursday with the IOM, he was detained by Primorsky Krai law enforcement officers.
According to unconfirmed reports, the ex-logger was spirited away to Khabarovsk for interrogation. Experts say Kim Choi Su is likely to be handed over to North Korean authorities.
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