Diver Han Ji-Soo Released on Bail

A 26-year-old Korean woman, Han Ji-soo, is suspected of abetting in the murder of a Dutch woman in Honduras.

Mariska Esmeralda Mast, a Dutch backpacker, was injured in a fall, and died a day later in a house Han Ji-soo was sharing with Australian scuba diving instructor, Daniel Ian Ross. After being released following police questioning, Han Ji-soo left for Egypt to work as a diving instructor.

Last August, however, Han Ji-soo was on her way home to Korea, when Interpol detained her and sent her to Honduras where an arrest warrant naming her as an accomplice of Ross ― who had gone missing ― had been issued.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Korea dispatched two officials to Honduras late last month to oversee the investigation and trial, an official said. It also asked Honduras to allow Han to post bail, he said.

Han Ji-soo, a dive master trainee at the time, has been detained in Honduras for about three months. She denies the charge leveled against her, and has a cyber campaign to free her underway.

“A Honduran court accepted a petition filed by her lawyer, Monday,” a ministry official said, requesting anonymity. “So, she was released on a bail of $10,000.”

Her case is expected to go to trial in February, and she is likely to stay in Honduras without detention to undergo further questioning.

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