Treaties Pare Hideouts for Escaped Criminals

The number of Korean criminals who are extradited back home after fleeing overseas is on the rise. In other words, there are fewer places where an escaped criminal can go to hide.

The Ministry of Justice said on Sunday that 11 criminals have been repatriated from foreign countries so far this year. That's higher than the total who were sent back in 2005 (six) and 2006 (four) together.

The sharp increase is because Korea has signed extradition treaties with more countries, the ministry explained. Korea currently has extradition treaties with 28 nations.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 01, 2007 09:49 KST