North Korea Sentences South Korean Missionary, Kim Jung-wook, to Life in Prison
North Korean media has reported that South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook has been sentenced to hard labor for life on charges of spying and trying to set up underground churches.
The trial took place Friday when the missionary admitted to committing anti-North Korean religious acts and "malignantly hurting the dignity" of the country's supreme leadership, or the ruling Kim family, The Associated Press reported quoting state media.
A North Korean dispatch written Friday, but released early Saturday, said Jung-wook, who is about 50 years old, had defense counsel, but other details were not provided.
An unidentified North Korean defense attorney said the missionary "sincerely repented of his crimes and apologized for them" and urged that the court commute the death sentence demanded by prosecutors, who produced "evidence such as religious books, memory cards, sex CDs and spying devices...
It sure looks as though the North Koreans are getting their warpaint on and getting their pea shooters ready:
quote "North Korea has promised "merciless" retaliation if a forthcoming Hollywood movie about killing Kim Jong-un is released, say agencies. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in state media that the movie's release would be an "act of war". He did not mention the title, but a Hollywood movie called The Interview with a similar plot is due in October." unquote (bbc news today)
While it would make me sad that the missionary seems to have repented from his "crimes", I have to remember that this is coming from a North Korean attorney. They have no accountability here. No one can check up on their facts. So I will give the benefit of the doubt to the Christian and say he did no such thing.