1 Sep 2017

Korean man wanted in China loses extradition case

6:06 pm on 1 September 2017

A Korean-born New Zealander accused of murdering a woman abroad has lost his case against extradition.

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Kyung Yup Kim is accused of murdering a woman in Shanghai in 2009. China has been trying to extradite him from New Zealand to face trial.

Justice Minister Amy Adams twice made the decision to extradite him, but Kim's lawyer sought a judicial review, worried his client could face torture and wouldn't be given a fair trial.

The High Court has now ruled to dismiss the Kim's latest appeal for a judicial review.

The judgement said the Minister had sought further information that had comprehensively addressed concerns over Kim's treatment upon extradition.

In her decision in April, Ms Adams said she was satisfied by China's assurances Mr Kim would not be subjected to torture and the case would be actively monitored.


  • 10 June 2011 - Mr Kim arrested
  • 29 November 2013 - District Court determines Mr Kim legally eligible for surrender
  • 30 November 2015 - Minister of Justice Amy Adams makes first decision to extradite
  • 1 July 2016 - High Court orders Minister to make decision again
  • 19 September 2016 - Ms Adams makes second decision to extradite
  • 22 September 2016 - Mr Kim granted electronic bail
  • 3 April 2017 - Judicial review of Minister's second decision heard
  • 31 August 2017 - High Court decision released

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