World Canadian pastor returns home after release from N. Korean prison

20:36  12 august  2017
20:36  12 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

North Korea says it released Canadian detainee

  North Korea says it released Canadian detainee North Korea says it released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015.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.

Canadian pastor returns home after release from N . Korean prison - 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 Pastor Lim, 62, would be at the press conference, but said he would attend church services on Sunday. North Korea 's KCNA news agency said on Wednesday that he was released on humanitarian grounds, though his family later said he was not in critical condition.

Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, center, is shown in 2015 being escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea.© Jon Chol Jin Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, center, is shown in 2015 being escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea. Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family following a long trek from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned since 2015, 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.

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  Reports suggest North Korea treating foreign detainees inhumanely - UN Foreign detainees in North Korea are reportedly being denied due process in court and being held in inhumane conditions, a United Nations investigator said on Friday. Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea, also said that military threats being exchanged by Washington and Pyongyang were diverting attention from the needs of ordinary North Koreans.He welcomed the release this week of Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on humanitarian grounds after serving more than two years of a sentence of hard labour for life on charges of plotting to overthrow the regime.

FILE PHOTO - South Korea -born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by REUTERS/KCNA/File Photo Reuters. TORONTO (Reuters) - Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada , where he was resting after

Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada , where he was resting after being FILE PHOTO - South Korea -born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea 's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in

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.

North Korea's KCNA news agency said on Wednesday that he was released on humanitarian grounds, though his family later said he was not in critical condition.

Footage from Japan's ANN television showed Lim walking on a tarmac next to Canada's national security adviser, Daniel Jean, at the Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo, in a stop en route to his home.

Lim's return to Canada comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, though authorities there have not said there is any connection.

Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto; editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Chizu Nomiyama

N. Korea travel ban will go into effect in September, U.S. says .
<p>Officials say that anyone currently in North Korea that hold a U.S. passport should leave before the restrictions take place next month.</p>Officials say that anyone currently in North Korea that hold a U.S. passport should leave before the restrictions take place next month — which will remain in effect for one year unless extended or sooner revoked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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