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'Suitcase' murder suspect extradited to New Zealand

National 09:01 November 29, 2022

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Justice Ministry has extradited a woman to New Zealand after she was arrested in connection with the discovery of the bodies of her two children in suitcases earlier this year.

The 42-year-old New Zealand citizen of Korean descent, identified by her family name Lee, was handed over to New Zealand authorities Monday evening at Incheon International Airport, along with evidence seized by police, justice ministry officials said.

Lee is the key suspect in the deaths of her two children, whose bodies were found in suitcases sold at an auction in Auckland in August. South Korean police arrested her in the southeastern city of Ulsan in mid-September at the request of New Zealand police.

Earlier this month, a Seoul court approved the extradition of the suspect.

The children were believed to have been killed in 2018 at ages 7 and 10, respectively, and local media have said their father had died of cancer before they were killed.

This undated file photo shows a suspect in a "suitcase" murder in New Zealand who was arrested in September in Ulsan. (Yonhap)

This undated file photo shows a suspect in a "suitcase" murder in New Zealand who was arrested in September in Ulsan. (Yonhap)

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