A woman arrested for murdering two children whose bodies were found in a suitcase has claimed she was innocent.
The South Korean-born New Zealand citizen was arrested after police were called and placed her under surveillance at her apartment in Ulsan, 190 miles southeast of the capital, Seoul.
“I didn’t do it,” she repeated, before being taken away and put into a police car.
South Korea’s National Police Agency said it arrested the woman “after the stakeout” after police were informed of her whereabouts and collected CCTV footage.
“The suspect has been accused by New Zealand Police of murdering her two children, aged 7 and 10 at the time, in the Auckland area around 2018,” the agency said.
“It turned out that she arrived in South Korea after the crime and has been in hiding ever since.”
The woman, who denies murder charges, was arrested after Interpol, the global police agency, issued a red notice, the agency said.
Manurewa, Auckland, was charged with two counts of murder after the young man was found on August 11.
New Zealand authorities must submit a formal request for her extradition to the South Korean Ministry of Justice within 45 days.
The ministry will then decide whether to proceed with an extradition review at the Seoul High Court to determine whether she will be sent to New Zealand.
Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaerua said: “NZ Police have applied for her extradition back to New Zealand to face charges and have requested that she remain in custody pending completion of the extradition process.
“In the meantime, we have a number of inquiries that need to be completed both in New Zealand and abroad.”
born in korea new zealand Arrived in South Korea in 2018 and has not left the Asian country since.
However, police have now revealed that her husband died of cancer in 2017. staff.co.nz report.
The couple were both from Seoul, South Korea, but got married in New Zealand.
The two children found in the case are a girl born in 2009 and a boy born in 2012.
Their remains were discovered by a family who sifted through the contents of an abandoned storage unit in New Zealand after winning an auction.
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A murder investigation began on August 12, with police confirming that the family who found the body was not involved in the death.
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