A former Lynnwood man detained in North Korea for 15 months has been returned to a labor camp, prompting worries about his health, his sister said Friday, according to our news partner, the Seattle Times.
Kenneth Bae, who led tour groups in North Korea, was arrested in late 2012 and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for unspecified hostile acts. Calls for his release on humanitarian grounds have gone unanswered. After he lost 50 pounds, he was moved last summer to a hospital from a prison work camp where he had been farming vegetables.
His sister, Terri Chung of Edmonds, said her family learned from the U.S. State Department on Friday that Bae was taken back to the labor camp on Jan. 20 — the same day Bae appeared before news reporters in Pyongyang, wearing a prison uniform stamped with the number 103.
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