Monday, June 8, 2009


Sad news to report.
North Korea Central Court has convicted American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee to 12 years in labour prison.
The tragic news comes following a closed-door four-day trial.
The trial confirmed an unspecified “grave crime” against the nation, and of illegally crossing into North Korea.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, the court “sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labour.”
Laura is the sister of Lisa Ling, former co-host of The View.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor, intensifying the reclusive nation's confrontation with the United States.
Washington said it would "engage in all possible channels" to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV media venture.
There are fears Pyongyang is using the women as bargaining chips as the U.N. debates a new resolution to punish the country for its defiant May 25 atomic test and as North Korea seeks to draw Washington into direct negotiations.

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