13 Oct 2012

Court rejects bid to stop extradition

10:06 pm on 13 October 2012

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to stop the extradition of a Korean-born New Zealand resident facing murder charges in China.

Kyung Yip Kim has been trying to avoid being sent to China since being arrested in New Zealand in June last year.

His lawyer, Tony Ellis, has challenged both the extradition ruling and Mr Kim's detention in Mt Eden Prison.

Mr Ellis says he will now challenge that decision in the Supreme Court and will apply for bail for his client.

He says Mr Kim faces torture or the death penalty if he is returned to China.

But in a ruling released on Friday, Justice Randerson dismissed Mr Kim's appeals against extradition.