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article imageLing and Lee Admitted To Crimes According to North Korea

By KJ Mullins     Jun 16, 2009 in Crime
North Korea said on Tuesday that American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee admitted entering the country illegally to slander the nation's human rights record.
A video tape found in the possession of the journalists has a narrative of, "We have just entered North Korean territory without permission." The North Korean release also said that one of the reporters had a pebble that she had picked up as a souvenir.
The women were with producer Mitch Koss and a Korean-Chinese guide when they were captured. The two men were able to flee the scene.
The Washington Post reports:
"At the trial the accused admitted that what they did were criminal acts, prompted by a political motive to isolate and stifle the socialist system of North Korea, by faking moving images aimed at falsifying its human rights performance and hurling slanders and calumnies at it," the statement said.
The state news agency for North Korea KCNA said that Ling and Lee admitted and accepted their sentences last year when they were given 12 years of hard labour.
BBC reports:
"The accused admitted that what they did were criminal acts... prompted by the political motive to isolate and stifle the socialist system of the DPRK [North Korea]," KCNA said on Tuesday, giving its first details about the women's alleged crimes.
Political prisoners face the harshest conditions in North Korea's labour camps. Many of the prisoners never make it out from the camps, victims of abuse and malnutrition. At this time it is not known where Ling and Lee are being detained.
The report on KCNA was released mere hours before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is due to talk with President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.
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