Tuesday, December 15

North Korea sentenced Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim of Light Korean Presbyterian Church , Toronto to life in jail.

A Canadian pastor in North Korea was sentenced by a local court to life in jail for alleged crimes against the country. The life sentence for Hyeon Soo Lim was announced Wednesday by the North Korean Supreme Court, after a brief trial.
Lim, a pastor for the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, travelled to the reclusive North on Jan. 31 to conduct a humanitarian mission, the Associated Press reported. He supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage, and has taken over 100 trips to North Korea since 1997. Relatives of Lim have claimed that his trips were about helping people and not political.
However, a report in July cited Lim to say that he violated the country’s Ebola policy to enter the country illegally and has been involved in activities that could topple the country’s regime, run by Kim Jong Un.
According to North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA, Lim, who was detained in February, said that his motive of the visit was to "overturn [North Korea's] social system by taking advantage of the hostile policy against it sought by the South Korean authorities and set up a base for building a religious state."

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