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American citizen sentenced to 6 years in North Korea labor camp

US citizen Matthew Todd Miller has received six years in a labor camp by a North Korean court. The 24-year-old was sentenced for violating his tourist status when he entered the country, authorities said.

He tore up his visa upon arriving in North Korea and demanded political asylum, state media said at the time.

Reuters / Stoyan Nenov

Reuters / Stoyan Nenov

The incident took place April 10. The court said Sunday that Miller was planning to “experience prison life so that he could investigate the human rights situation,” AP reported.


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Miller has been refused to right to appeal following the brief court session Sunday morning.

He isn’t the only US citizen being held in custody in North Korea.

Jeffrey Fowle was arrested in May for reportedly leaving a Bible in a public place: spreading Christianity is viewed as incendiary in communist North Korea.

In November 2012, Korean-US missionary Kenneth Bay was arrested after accusations he was trying to overthrow the North Korean government. He is now serving 15 years in a labor camp.

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