Leader of Anti-N.Korean Group Granted Bail in U.S.

  • By Jo Jae-hee

    July 04, 2019 12:57

    A U.S. federal court on Wednesday granted bail to a leader of an anti-North Korean guerrilla group who launched a daredevil raid on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid in February.

    Judge Jean Rosenbluth at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles freed Christopher Ahn, a Korean-American, on $1 million bail. The FBI "has confirmed that [North Korea] has threatened his life," Rosenbluth said. "He is apparently the target of a dictatorship's efforts to murder him."

    Ahn, an ex-Marine who took part in the Iraq War, is a co-founder of the group now calling itself Free Joseon and is also believed to have been involved in the rescue of Kim Han-sol, the nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after the assassination of Han-sol's father Kim Jong-nam in 2017.

    Ahn was arrested by the FBI in Los Angeles on April 18 on an international warrant from Spain in connection with the embassy raid. He requested a bail in April.

    "There are still a number of steps we have to get through before Chris is actually released, but we're thrilled with the court's decision," Ahn's lawyer Naeun Rim told Fox News on Tuesday.

    Free Joseon apparently passed documents it seized at the embassy to the FBI but later fell out with the bureau.

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