N.Korea Releases Korean-Canadian Missionary

  • By Choi Kyung-woon

    August 10, 2017 10:34

    North Korea on Wednesday said it has released Korean-Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo for humanitarian reasons.

    Lim was arrested in 2015 for alleged crimes against the state -- code for proselytizing -- and sentenced to life in prison with hard labor.

    But the North's official Korean Central News Agency said a court ordered Lim's release on sick bail "from the humanitarian viewpoint." 

    Korean-Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo enters a courtroom in Pyongyang on Dec. 16, 2015. /Yonhap

    Lim's release was apparently won by a special delegation sent by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.

    In June of this year, U.S. university student Otto Warmbier was released from North Korea in a comatose state and died shortly after his return to the U.S.

    Six South Koreans and three Americans are still being held in North Korean prisons.

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