35-year-old American citizen namedArthur Patterson, who is suspected to be the genuine culprit in the back of the Itaewon murder event which passed off eighteen years ago, used to be extradited to Seoul.
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Patterson becomepassed over to Korean government on Monday and landed at Incheon World Airport this beyond Tuesday, September 22.
Patterson was a suspect of the notorious Itaewon Burger King stabbing which happened in 1997 and ended in the death of 22-year-old student named Cho Joong Pil. Prosecution in the beginning believed that it was Patterson's Korean American friend Edward Lee who stabbed Cho in his neck and chest nine times and indicted just Lee.
However, the Ultimate Court had brushed aside the case upon grounds that there has beeninadequate evidence and Lee was acquitted of his charge. Authorities were not ableto increase Patterson's in a foreign countryshuttle ban at the time, and Patterson controlledto escape Korea back in August of 1999.
The Itaewon homicide was then closed and forgotten; this istill the 2009 movie 'The Case of the Itaewon Homicide' featuring Song Joong Kiand Jang Geun Suk enflamed the public's attention to the case once again. The outrage of the voters propelled prosecution to reopen the case, and this time, they suspected Patterson as the genuine culprit.
In 2011, Patterson had behind schedule his extradition by capacity offilinga couple of habeas corpus petitions; however, prosecution was succeeded in indicting him for the murder in November of the similar year and initiated the extradition process.
Patterson was transferred to Seoul Detention Center and could bestatus trial soon. A Korean legal professional was assigned to protect him, beneath local law.