Tuesday 10 December 2019

Detained American gets trial date

Matthew Miller was detained after entering North Korea on April 10 (AP)
Matthew Miller was detained after entering North Korea on April 10 (AP)

Detained American Matthew Miller will be tried next Sunday, North Korean state media have said.

The announcement came less than a week after the detainee made a rare foreign media appearance to plead for help.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said that the Supreme Court decided to "judge" Miller on September 14.

It did not elaborate on specific charges against him, although past reports have accused him of hostile acts.

Mr Miller was detained after entering the country on April 10, when he tore up his tourist visa at the airport and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum, KCNA has reported.

Last week, Mr Miller and two other detained Americans made a rare foreign media appearance and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate their freedom.

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