- Chung Chak Lee, 66, known as the right-hand man of “Asia’s El Chapo,” was extradited to Melbourne, Australia, from Thailand on Saturday.
- “The extradition of someone we allege to be high on the pecking order of this serious criminal syndicate is a significant milestone for the AFP," Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Krissy Barrett said. “It shows the AFP and its partners remain one step ahead in working tirelessly to keep our community safe."
- Lee appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon. He faced one count of conspiracy to traffic a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
- He was arrested inside his Bangkok apartment in 2020 and had spent 18 months in a Thai jail before his extradition.
- The AFP believe Lee was acting as a top associate of Tse Chi Lop, also known as "Asia's El Chapo" and leader of The Company. Tse’s criminal ring was reportedly responsible for 70% of meth coming into Australia from Asia.
- Lee, who operated from Hong Kong and Bangkok before his arrest, was accused of laundering millions in drug money through Crown Casino.
The right-hand man of “Asia’s El Chapo” has been extradited to Australia after spending over a year in a Thai prison following his arrest in 2020.
Working with the Royal Thai Police, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) extradited Chung Chak Lee, 66, to Melbourne on Saturday for his involvement in the $23 billion drug operation known as The Company.
- New Zealand’s supreme court made a historic appeal on Wednesday to send Korean-born permanent resident of New Zealand Kim Kyung-yup to China on charges of murdering a young Chinese woman named Peiyun Chen on his visit to Shanghai in 2009.
- Like most Western nations, including the U.S. and most of Europe, New Zealand does not have an extradition treaty with China, an agreement to transfer over an accused suspect of a crime from one country to another to be placed on trial.
- The New Zealand courts had previously voted to extradite Kim last year but eventually rejected the notion after agreeing that China did not provide adequate reassurance that the suspect would not be tortured or abused.
- Many have expressed worry about the precedent that Kim’s extradition would set. Victoria University law professor and former law commissioner Geoff McLay said that Kim is “the tip of the iceberg” and that China could request more extradition cases in the future.
- New Zealand originally received China’s extradition request back in May 2011; however, it is only in the current ruling that the courts concluded China could be trusted to not subject the accused to any human rights violations.
In a historic ruling, New Zealand’s courts have decided to allow the extradition of one of its permanent resident to China to stand trial.
New Zealand’s supreme court made a historic appeal on Wednesday to accept the sending of Korean-born Kim Kyung-yup to China on charges of murdering a young Chinese woman named Peiyun Chen on his visit to Shanghai in 2009.