An attorney for a North Korea n man facing potential extradition from Malaysia to the United States to face loan laundering charges stated Friday that the request was baseless and “political in nature.”
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Mun Chol Myong, 54, has actually resided in Malaysia for a decade and was apprehended in May after U.S. authorities requested his extradition. Malaysia’s federal government authorized the extradition but Mun has challenged the U.S. quote.
His lawyer, Jagjit Singh, stated Mun rejected U.S. allegations that he was associated with providing forbidden products from Singapore to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions.
In his affidavit to the court, Mun turned down accusations by the FBI that he was the “leader of a worldwide organized criminal group associated with laundering profits of bank fraud” from April 2013 to November 2018.
The North Korean said he transferred to Malaysia in 2008 so his better half could receive treatment for breast cancer. He stated he signed up with Sinsar Trading Pte. Ltd. in Singapore as a company advancement manager in 2014 upon the recommendation of the North Korean Embassy there, which his job was simply to act on payments for the sale of palm oil and soybean oil to North Korea via China.
Mun denied he washed funds through front companies and released fraudulent files to support illegal shipments to his country. He stated he was the victim of a “politically motivated” extradition demand focused on pressing his country over its rocket program.
Singh noted that the Singaporean business where Mun works and its three Singaporean directors have actually not been charged.
A court hearing Friday on the extradition request following Mun’s difficulty was postponed up until next month. Mun has also appealed a lower court’s decision to deny him bail, which Singh said will be heard Oct. 4.
Mun, who lives in Malaysia with his partner and child, was present in court Friday, as were North Korean Embassy authorities and his spouse.
Singh said Mun’s case resembled that of numerous Singaporeans and a North Korean who were charged in Singapore in 2015 with supplying precious jewelry and other high-end items to North Korea that were prohibited under U.N. sanctions.
The U.S. didn’t seek the extradition of those people and they were released on bail pending trial, he stated.
Singh stated Mun’s extradition would likely be the first of a North Korean to the U.S. for cash laundering. He said the North Korean Embassy, which employed him to protect Mun, believed the extradition demand was “totally political in nature.”
” We are just pawns being utilized in this political fight in between North Korea and Americans,” he said.