North Korea to Indict American Who ‘Confessed’

April 14, 2011 Updated: September 23, 2015

The American citizen detained in North Korea for an unspecified crime has confessed and will be indicted, the regime’s mouthpiece media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reported on Thursday, according to South Korean Yonhap news agency.

The detainee, only identified as Jun Young-su, has been in custody since November. No further official information about the case has been officially made available by the State Department because the family has not signed a Privacy Act waiver, said State Department spokesperson Mark Toner.

However, Yonhap reported that sources in Washington have said that the man is being held for conducting unauthorized religious activities in North Korea. He is identified as a businessman attending church in the Los Angeles area.

Swedish consular officials in Pyongyang are handling the case since the United States does not have a diplomatic mission in North Korea.

At the end of April, former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to visit North Korea. Toner could not say whether bringing the American back will be part of his mission.

In a case in 2010, Carter secured the release of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, an American teacher from Boston, who was working in South Korea. Gomes crossed the border into North Korea as a missionary. He was charged over $600,000 and sentenced to eight years of hard labor. He spent seven months in jail before his release.

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