North Korea Holds Trial Of American Matthew Miller
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After a 90-minute trial, a U.S. citizen has been sentenced in North Korea to 6 years of hard labor on charges of entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.
North Korea's Supreme Court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport on April 10 and admitted to having the "wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate the North Korean human rights situation.
A trial is also expected soon for Jeffrey Fowle, who entered the North as a tourist but was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club. A third American, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, is serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged "hostile acts."
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