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Vietnamese to be deported after illegal entry

All Headlines 17:22 April 14, 2016

INCHEON, April 14 (Yonhap) -- A Vietnamese man who was indicted on charges of illegally sneaking into South Korea through the country's largest airport received a suspended jail term Thursday and was ordered to be deported.

The Incheon District Court sentenced the 25-year-old, whose identity was withheld, to 10 months in prison suspended for two years.

The defendant entered South Korea in late January by forcing his way through the gate of an unmanned automatic immigration checkpoint at Incheon International Airport. Alarm bells went off but security officials were not present at the site.

He was later apprehended at his friend's house in the country's southeastern industrial city of Daegu.

The court said the suspended sentence took into consideration that the defendant committed the crime to find a job here and remit money to his poverty-stricken family back in Vietnam.

The defendant had been staying in Japan on a student visa which is slated to expire in October. He planned the illegal entry to South Korea, where his brother-in-law was living, as he became economically deprived in the neighboring country.

The defendant's brother-in-law also received a year in prison suspended for two years for illegally staying in South Korea since 2006 and helping the 25-year-old's unlawful entry.

The two will be deported from South Korea once the ruling is confirmed.

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