Pastor freed from North Korea arrives back in Canada

Pastor freed from North Korea arrives back in Canada
From Al Jazeera - August 12, 2017

A Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for more than two years in North Korea has arrived back home.

Hyeon Soo Lim was serving a life sentence of hard labour in North Korea for alleged anti-state activities, but was released last week on what the North Korean government described as sick bail.

Lim's release came nearly two months after US college student Otto Warmbier died shortly after he was released from North Korea in a coma. Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March 2016 after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster.

His son, James Lim, said it was surreal to see him again on Saturday after living in fear over what might happen to him.

Lim said his father was resting at home and looked forward to going to his church's Sunday service and meeting with the community after so long.

"Now more than ever, he's never felt more Canadian," the son said.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent national security adviser Daniel Jean to North Korea to seek Lim's freedom.


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