Palace stops deportation of Korean fugitive


Posted at Oct 03 2014 07:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2016 11:38 AM

MANILA -- A Korean fugitive was granted temporary freedom due to an order from a Palace official.

Ja Hoon Ku was one of the contractors involved in the construction of the Iglesia Ni Cristo's (INC) Philippine Arena, the world's largest domed arena.

He is also wanted for stealing around $200 million from his company in Korea.

Ja was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and was supposed to be deported to Korea.

However, he was granted temporary freedom due to an order signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

According to the order, Ja will be free as he waits for the court's decision on his appeal on his deportation case.

He was released from detention and was entrusted to members of the INC.

The Palace has yet to release a statement regarding its decision to stop the deportation of Ja. - report from Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News