Saturday 19 October 2019

'I'm very good,' says Australian student released from detention in North Korea

Australian student Alek Sigley. Photo: Reuters
Australian student Alek Sigley. Photo: Reuters

Colin Packham

An Australian student who was detained in North Korea was freed and safely left the country yesterday, arriving in Tokyo via Beijing after Swedish officials helped broker his release.

Alek Sigley (29), who was studying in the North Korean capital Pyongyang, had been missing since June 25.

"I'm OK. I'm good, I'm very good," Mr Sigley told reporters after arriving at Beijing airport.

He declined to comment about what happened to him in Pyongyang where he had been living. He made a peace sign as he walked through the airport. Hours later he landed in Tokyo, walking past a throng of reporters waiting at the airport without answering their questions. Mr Sigley is married to a Japanese woman, Yuka Morinaga.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison interrupted parliament earlier yesterday to confirm Mr Sigley had been freed. He said Swedish authorities helped secure the student's release.

Irish Independent

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