Carter Wins Freedom for U.S. Man in N.Korea

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    August 27, 2010 13:16

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has won freedom for a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea since January.

    A spokeswoman for the Carter Center, Carter's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, says the former president has departed Pyongyang with Aijalon Mahli Gomes aboard a private jet. Carter arrived in North Korea Wednesday on what the U.S. State Department described as a private mission.

    The 30-year-old Gomes was detained in North Korea after entering the isolated country from China. He was sentenced to eight years hard labor and fined $700,000 for illegally crossing the border.

    The native of Boston, Massachusetts was teaching English in South Korea. His friends described him as a passionate Christian activist who was influenced by a fellow U.S. missionary, Robert Park. Park entered North Korea the month before Gomes crossed the border. He was arrested and expelled from the country two months later. 

    Gomes is expected to arrive in Boston later Friday.

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