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American Prisoner Released from North Korea

Zoe Ward |
October 21, 2014 | 11:11 a.m. PDT

Web Producer

The U.S. government plane that flew Fowle out of North Korea (Twitter/@AP)
The U.S. government plane that flew Fowle out of North Korea (Twitter/@AP)
One of three American detainees held in North Korea has been released after almost six months. The remaining two convicted Americans are still being held as prisoners. 

Jeffrey Fowle was originally taken into custody last May after being charged with leaving a bible in a nightclub in North Korean city Chongjin. Christian evangelism is a criminal act in North Korea.

Fowle, 56, was flown out of the country on a United States government plane after Sweden was able to negotiate for his release. The U.S. does not have a formal diplomatic relationship with North Korea, which lead to Sweden’s involvement in the liberation negotiation. 

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The remaining imprisoned Americans are Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynwood, Washington. Miller was convicted of entering North Korea illegally under suspicions of espionage, and Bae was charged with committing alleged and unspecified “hostile acts.” The three men entered North Korea separately. 

For more, check out the Associated Press.

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