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LEAD: Ex-Asiana Airlines staff member charged with aiding illegal entry+
[January 16, 2006]

LEAD: Ex-Asiana Airlines staff member charged with aiding illegal entry+

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)SAITAMA, Japan, Jan. 16_(Kyodo) _ (EDS: CHANGING DATELINE, UPDATING WITH ARREST)

A former Asiana Airlines employee who was indicted for violating the immigration law faced a fresh charge Monday for allegedly helping a Chinese woman enter Japan illegally at Narita airport last year, police said.

Min Sun Song, 38, is suspected of giving a security pass to the 27-year-old Chinese woman and leaking a password for the security gate on March 22 so the woman could enter Japan without going through immigration, the police said.

The South Korean suspect, who worked for his country's second largest airline from June 2004 and July 2005, was quoted as telling investigators that he had helped about 40 non-Japanese enter Japan illegally for a fee of about 200,000 yen each.

The Chinese woman told the police earlier that a man believed to be Min gave her the pass in a smoking room in the airport after she arrived from Shenyang, they said.

The man then guided her through several rooms to a door reserved for use by airport staffers that she could open it with a six-digit number he had secretly given her in a note, she was quoted as telling the investigators.

She also said she had paid him about 250,000 yuan, or approximately 3.5 million yen, for his help with the illegal entry, for which she has already been found guilty.

Min is believed to have temporarily borrowed a security pass from his female deputies, according to investigative sources.

The man had been held by police since his arrest last October on suspicion of giving forged South Korean passports to two other Chinese women in violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.

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