Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who was detained in February during a humanitarian trip to North Korea, has been sentenced to life in prison for anti-state activities.
Lim was sentenced by North Korea’s Supreme Court, but details of the charges have not been disclosed. Lim appeared at a government-arranged news conference in July during which he confessed to activities aimed at toppling the North Korean government and to violating the country’s Ebola quarantine policy.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported the sentencing in a news flash on Wednesday, but provided no other details. The Associated Press news agency, which has a bureau in Pyongyang, said the sentencing came after a brief trial before the North’s Supreme Court.
Lim, a 60-year-old man of South Korean descent, traveled into North Korea from China on January 30 on a humanitarian trip to support a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage, according to Lisa Pak, a spokeswoman for the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Lim had visited the reclusive state more than 100 times since 1997.
(Copyright 2015 by BNO News B.V. All rights reserved. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.)