North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen Matthew Todd Miller To Six Years Hard Labour

North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the isolated country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday.

"He committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist last April," the short statement said, without elaborating.

Miller, from Bakersfield, California and in his mid-20s, entered Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time.

Photos of the trial released by state media showed some of Miller's personal possessions, including his passport and Korean visa - which was ripped. Miller was also shown sitting in a witness box, flanked by× Korean soldiers.

North Korea has yet to announce a trial date for fellow U.S. citizen Jeffrey Fowle, 56, from Miamisburg, Ohio, who was arrested in May this year for leaving a bible under the toilet of a sailor's club in the eastern port city of Chongjin.

U.S. missionary Bae has been held by the isolated country since December 2012 and is serving a sentence of 15 years hard labour for crimes Korea said amounted to a plot to overthrow the state.

Source: Reuters Africa
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