Lawyer says US bid to extradite North Korean is 'political'
Added 09-20-19 02:03:02am EST - “A lawyer for a North Korean man facing potential extradition from Malaysia to the United States to face money laundering charges said Friday that the request was baseless and "political in nature."” - Washingtontimes.com
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A lawyer for a North Korean man facing potential extradition from Malaysia to the United States to face money laundering charges said Friday that the request was baseless and “political in nature.”
Mun Chol Myong, 54, has lived in Malaysia for a decade and was arrested in May after U.S. authorities requested his extradition. Malaysia’s government approved the extradition but Mun has challenged the U.S. bid.
His lawyer Jagjit Singh said Mun denied accusations that he was involved in supplying prohibited goods from Singapore to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions. Singh noted that the Singaporean company where Mun works as a marketing sales manager hasn’t been charged, nor the three Singaporean directors there.
He said the defense hasn’t been given details of the money-laundering charges against Mun and “perceive it to be just mere allegations and unsubstantiated with any evidence.”
A court hearing Friday to rule on the extradition request following Mun’s challenge was postponed until next month. Mun has also appealed against a lower court’s decision to deny him bail, which Sing said will be heard Oct. 4.
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