January 08, 2015 10:43
A Korean-American woman who embarked on a bizarre stage tour of South Korea extolling the North Korean regime was summoned by prosecutors for questioning on Wednesday.
Shin Eun-mi (53) was questioned the same day that her best-selling book was booted off a list of recommended books selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Shin's book, which includes accounts of a couple of trips to North Korea was mistakenly recommended by the ministry in 2013 and distributed across the country, mostly to students in need and shelters. It was already the third time Shin has been summoned by prosecutors.
Shin told reporters she is a victim of a misunderstanding. At a series of forums, Shin and another South Korean woman allegedly spoke out in favor of North Korea, claiming that most defectors want to go back to the repressive state.
Prosecutors believe her comments have violated the decades-old National Security Law, which prohibits anything perceived as "aiding the enemy."
Prosecutors apparently hope to deport Shin back to the U.S. before Saturday. She will be banned from entering South Korea for the next five years.
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