World North Korea says it released Canadian detainee

15:06  09 august  2017
15:06  09 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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North Korea says it chose to release a reportedly comatose American citizen on humanitarian grounds, after he had been held prisoner for 17 months.

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FILE - In this file image made from July 30, 2015, video, Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed a delegation is in North Korea to discuss the Canadian pastor imprisoned there and North Korean media said Trudeau’s national security adviser, Daniel Jean, had arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. (AP Photo): In this file image made from a July 2015 video, Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea.  © The Associated Press In this file image made from a July 2015 video, Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. 

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says it released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for anti-state activities over health reasons.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday that Hyeon Soo Lim was released on "sick bail" following a decision by the country's Central Court.

The agency didn't provide further details.

Lim was convicted and sentenced in 2015 on charges of trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping U.S. and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.

Lim's release comes two months after the death of a U.S. college student shortly after he was released from North Korea in a coma.

Canadian pastor returns home after release from N. Korean prison .
Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim arrived home in Canada, where he was resting, according to a family spokeswoman. Family members will hold a press conference at his church in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said in a statement. Pak said it was not clear whether Lim, 62, would be at the press conference, but said he would attend church services on Sunday.Lim, a leader of one of Canada's largest churches, had been sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 on charges of attempting to overthrow the North Korean regime.

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