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  • 08/04/10 - North Korea jails US citizen

    From Al-Jazeera English - http://english.aljazeera.net/news/as...931388398.html



    North Korea jails US citizen

    A US man has been sentenced to eight years hard labour in North Korea after he was convicted by a court in Pyongyang of entering the country illegally, state media has reported.

    Aijalon Mahli Gomes was sentenced on Wednesday, a day after he pleaded guilty in court, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The report said the Central Court the North's highest had also sentenced Gomes to pay a fine of 70 million won.

    At the official exchange rate of 100 won to the US dollar, the fine is equivalent to $700,000.

    "An examination was made of the hostile act committed against the Korean nation and the trespassing on the border of [North Korea] against which an indictment was brought in and his guilt was confirmed," the agency said.

    It added that Swedish diplomats in Pyongyang, who represent US interests in the North, had witnessed the trial.

    North Korea said last month it had arrested Gomes, 30, of Boston on January 25 for trespassing after he crossed into the country from China.

    Family's prayers

    Thaleia Schlesinger, a spokeswoman for Gomes' relatives, said they are "disturbed" by the verdict and will pray for his early return.

    His family were "praying for him and hoping for his return home as soon as possible," she said.

    "Needless to say, they are disturbed [by the sentence] but they are hopeful that he would be returned home to them and they are praying for that."

    Yoo Ho-yeol, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Korea University, said he believed Gomes will eventually be released as the North appears to want to use his case as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the US on its nuclear programme.

    "Continuing to hold him in custody is also a burden for North Korea" as it will only galvanise criticism of its human rights record, said Yoo.

    North Korea is under international pressure to return to stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks it quit last year.

    Gomes is the fourth US citizen to be detained on charges of illegal entry into the North over the past 13 months.

    Last August North Korea freed two US journalists who had been sentenced to 12 years hard labour following a surprise mercy visit by Bill Clinton, the former US president.

    And in February this year the North freed a US missionary, Robert Park, who had been arrested two months earlier after allegedly crossing the border with China.

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    the start of the war.
    > Invasion Productions <

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    • #3
      Wow.... I hate North Korea.... They dont even know what a skateboard is

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      • #4
        Cool story brah.
        Vexx, bitch.

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        • #5
          Team America Fuck Yeah!!!!
          I ain't a desperado I'm desperate to hit the lotto and meet a model who can put a smile on my face like Mcdonalds

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          • #6
            Don't care. It's his own fault for entering a country ruled by an uncivilized fuckstick.
            Last edited by Baydestrian; 04-07-2010, 01:47 PM.
            I'm known to have a hottie open, I keep the shottie smokin
            Front and get half the bones in your body broken

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            • #7
              They know how to make guests feel at home.

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              • #8
                people who accidentally walk into North Korea have got to be the most retarded people on earth
                Originally posted by FunkySuicideGirl
                Ima sucker when some suck my lip or bite in it
                Originally posted by Syko Squidge
                ^
                fuck off you gay piece of cunt
                Originally posted by Otto
                That shit is fuck,

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                • #9
                  I wonder what would happen if you were caught having sex with president Kim's wife
                  New old song of mine Dedicated
                  Dedicated

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                  • #10
                    Get Bill Clinton on the case, again.

                    Isn't it about time someone put down some some massive warning signs near the China/North Korean boarder? As this keeps happening.
                    My Pathetic Attempts at Humour:
                    The Misadventures of Ben

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                    • #11
                      one does not simply walk into north korea

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                      • #12
                        8 years hard labor? damn.... makes our prison seem cool

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                        • #13
                          they'll send in Bill Clinton again and get the american out of the prison

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tanner
                            at least youre not hungover and have to sneak out a fat 30 yr old white bitch who you were banging in your parents house last night.

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                            • #15
                              Most of these stupid Americans going into North Korea are missionaries. Execute them.

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