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Korean Embassy denies Aguirre claim on Korean mafia ties

/ 07:48 PM February 23, 2017

The Korean Embassy on Thursday denied that its officials have asked Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to halt its investigation on the so-called Korean mafia.

READ: Cop says ‘Korean mafia’ killed Jee

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“The Korean Embassy regrets very much that, based on wrong and unfounded information, Secretary Aguirre made some misleading statements involving so-called Korean mafia at the Senate hearing on Feb. 23, 2017,” the Embassy said in a statement.

“The Embassy is strongly distressed that this false information could tarnish its honor and reputation,” it said.

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It explained that “the Embassy’s Consul-General and a police attache, together with the widow of the deceased Jee Ick Joo” met with Aguirre on February 13 after the Secretary requested a meeting.

Jee Ick Joo was the Korean businessman abducted and killed by scalawag cops.

“The Embassy official as well as the wife emphasized that Mr. Jee had lived an honest life as a conscientious businessmen, having no connections at all with any malicious Korean persons,” the statement said. “The officials also recalled the PNP’s consistent confirmations that this case has nothing to do with a Korean mafia.”

READ: Lacson: ‘Korean mafia’ role farfetched

Jee’s wife reportedly denied that the businessman was kidnapped twice by the Korean mafia.

“Then Secretary Aguirre promised that the DOJ (Department of Justice) would not pursue any longer the angle of possible linkage with a Korean mafia in its future investigations into the case,” the Embassy said.

Meanwhile, the wife “asked for the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) under the DOJ to withdraw from the joint investigation into her husband’s case so that the investigation will not be delayed and proceed speedily.”

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The Embassy insisted that its officials have not been “compromised by Korean mafia.”

“The Embassy asks for any concrete evidence that substantiates his (Aguirre’s) remarks. It would take full responsibility for it, if any,” it said.

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