Kim Jong-il’s ex-bodyguard pleas for asylum as he fears kidnap in South Korea

The late Kim Jong-il's former bodyguard is desperate to seek asylum as he fears he will be kidnapped in South Korea.

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board has made a decision to deny asylum to the ex-bodyguard, which means he could be deported.

Lee Young-guk, 57, is not allowed to stay in the country after his request was rejected.

He claims the South Korean regime attempted to kidnap him when he went to the country and believes he is a "dead man" if he returns.

However, the Immigration and Refugee board says his claims "lack credibility" and that he downplayed his role as a military advisor under Kim's leadership, reports The Toronto Star.

Speaking to the outlet, Lee Young-guk said: "The situation is bleak.

“(The regime) tried to kidnap me when I was in South Korea. If Canada returns me there, I’m a dead man.”

The board also believes Young-guk has tried to distance himself from the cruel regime.

Kim Jong-il's ex-bodyguard arrived to Toronto in 2016 with his wife and two kids, he then requested asylum after spending 16 years in exile in South Korea, reports Mail Online.

He arrived to the state after fleeing North Korea in 2000.

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From 1978, the former bodyguard worked for Kim Jong-un's late father before the son became the ruler.

He described his training and job role. Talking about Kim Jong-il, he said: "We were paid $100 (US) a month and followed him wherever he went.

"Everyone was scared of him because even when he was happy, he was rude and cruel."

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Young-guk alleges he was the victim of an attempted kidnapping in South Korea in 2004 and 2007 which were not investigated as he reported them in 2014 – the statute of limitations for kidnapping prosecutions is five years.

He believes the regime are a threat to him due to his activism and opposition to North Korea during a time where the countries were in talks about closer relations.

Asylum adjudicator Brenda Lloyd said: "There is no serious possibility that the claimants would be persecuted or would be subjected, on a balance of probabilities, to a danger of torture or to a risk to life or a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment in South Korea."

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