Korean inmate dies inside BI facility

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A Korean fugitive was found dead Monday (Jan. 4) at the detention facility of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said.

Sandoval identified the dead Korean as Son Byeongkweon, 52, who was found dead at the BI’s Warden Facility (BIWF) in Taguig City.

“The matter was reported to the PNP SOCO (Philippine National Police-Scene of the Crime Office) to conduct an investigation of the scene,” the spokesperson said.

“Coordination has likewise been made with the Korean Embassy regarding the incident, to make preparations for his remains, as we wait for the result of the PNP investigation,” she added.

Sandoval said “Son was committed to the facility last 29 December 2020, after being intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.”

“He was considered a fugitive from justice, as per Interpol records, with a warrant of arrest in Korea for fraud,” she said.