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Police arrest mother of children found dead in suitcases

The suspect, believed to be the mother of two children whose remains were found in suitcases in New Zealand last month, is transported to prosecutors’ office, in Ulsan, South Korea, September 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Police in South Korea have arrested a woman on Thursday on suspicion of murdering two children believed to be hers, whose remains were discovered in suitcases in New Zealand last month.

Authorities say the 42-year-old Korean-born New Zealand woman fled to South Korea in 2018 after allegedly killing her then-7-year-old and 10-year-old children in Auckland, Reuters reports.

According to the Korean National Police Agency, the woman was arrested after a red notice was issued by Interpol.
“I did not do it,” she told reporters as she was escorted from a police station in the southeastern city of Ulsan.

According to the Ministry of Justice, New Zealand has to formally seek extradition of the suspect within 45 days for a South Korean court to review whether to send her back.

The remains of the children were discovered by a family in a storage locker they had purchased without going through, prompting New Zealand police to launch a homicide investigation in Auckland.

The family who discovered the bodies had no connection to the deaths.

Writing by Muzha Kucha