South Korean police will seek the deportation of a former captain of a hijacked ship - whose crew is missing presumed murdered by pirates - jailed in Hong Kong on alien smuggling charges. They will apply for Kim Tae-kuk, 45, to be repatriated after serving his sentence, which is expected to end in August, said reports from Seoul. The Yonhap News Agency said South Korean Maritime Police, who are investigating the disappearance of the 15-member crew, including two Korean officers and an aluminium ingot cargo, wanted to interview Kim, who recruited the missing men. The Sunday Morning Post revealed Kim was behind bars in the SAR. An international outcry is building over China's apparent release without charge of two Indonesian pirates who hijacked a bulk carrier in 1995 and then were arrested aboard the Tenyu. The cargo carrier was found in late December at the Chinese port of Zhangjiagang, near Shanghai, repainted and renamed as the Sanei-1 and missing its Korean government-owned load of aluminium worth HK$15 million. It had left an Indonesian port on September 27. Kim is serving a 21-month sentence for using forged Korean passports to smuggle two mainlanders through Hong Kong to Japan in June last year. They were caught at Kai Tak on June 24 trying to board a Cathay Pacific flight. Before pleading guilty he told immigration officers the couple, Lau Man-shing and San Chun-fa, were related to his wife in China and had wanted to work in Japan. Kim had been running a marine consulting and crew recruiting business, Marine International, in Dalian, northeast China, near Korea. Maritime police in the western port of Inchon have charged a 51-year-old South Korean trader working in Singapore and two associates for acquiring stolen goods from the ship. Police said the trader - who is a former ship's captain identified only as Lee - admitted buying the aluminium from two Chinese-Indonesians and selling it to a Chinese company in early October. The transaction was believed to have been through Burma.