11 Dec 2014

Korean man loses latest bid for freedom

10:17 am on 11 December 2014

A Korean man, detained on remand for three years in Mount Eden jail, has failed in his latest bid for freedom.

Kyung-Yup Kim -a permanent New Zealand resident - was wanted in China in relation to the death of a woman in Shanghai in 2009.

China sought his extradition in 2011.

Mr Kim had fought the request in a series of court actions, the latest last Friday when his lawyer, Tony Ellis, argued his client was detained under an unlawful warrant.

In a decision released yesterday, the High Court rejected that argument, with the Judge saying the warrant used to detain Mr Kim was legal and valid.

Justice Minister Amy Adams was considering whether to allow his extradition to China.

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