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Chiba Prefectural Police have carried out the necessary procedures to have South Korean authorities apprehend and extradite a man linked to the discovery of a woman’s body inside a suitcase, it was learned Tuesday.

It is the first time for such action to be taken since the two countries signed an extradition accord in April. , ahead of the World Cup finals.

The body of O Young Ae, 36, was found in August in a suitcase left at a site used to store building materials in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture.

The South Korean woman came to Japan in October 1999 on a short-stay visa, and later held various jobs in Tokyo and Kisarazu. She vanished in February.

Police have been investigating the case as a murder and abandonment of a corpse.

Investigators have been seeking the whereabouts of a South Korean man in his 30s who was dating O’s younger sister. Soon after the body was found, it was learned that he had returned to South Korea. O and her sister lived in the same apartment building.

The man had argued with O over money and sold jewelry that belonged to her, leading police to believe he was in some way involved in her slaying, sources said.

Under the bilateral pact, Japan and South Korea have agreed in principle to hand over each other’s nationals to be tried and sentenced for crimes carrying penalties of death or at least one year imprisonment under their domestic laws.

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