MANILA – The most wanted man in South Korea has been arrested in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.
Cho Yang-eun, a known gang leader in his home country, was arrested in his hideout in Angeles, Pampanga by virtue of a warrant of arrest released by the Seoul Central District Court.
According to an article by the Korea Times, Cho founded the Yangeuni Family in 1978 and once made it the biggest gang in the country. He publicly announced his retirement in 2009, but has remained the de-facto leader of the ring.
"He is now hiding overseas as the police are investigating his involvement in a financial scam and an arrest warrant has been issued for the 61-year-old," read the report which was published on April 16, 2012.
Cho's passport was cancelled by the Korean government on March 30, 2012 after he fled overseas. He then allegedly engaged in high-profile fraud and extortion activities victimizing fellow Koreans in the Philippines.
The Korea Times report said "Cho served his first prison sentence from 1980 to 1995 after being convicted of murder and social unrest. He was released in 1995 but was jailed again the following year on charges of drug trafficking and attempted homicide."
"After being released in 1998, he surprisingly entered a Catholic school saying he would become a priest. However, he was arrested again in 2001 for gambling and blackmail and received a 10-month prison sentence," the report added. – with a report from Noel Alamar, dzMM