US Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Face Trial in North Korea
Two US journalists will be going to trial for illegal entry and 'hostile acts' in North Korea, the government announced today.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee — journalists for Al Gore's Current TV — were arrested on March 17 on the border between China and North Korea.
The Central court in North Korea generally hands down a verdict at the end of a one-day hearing and has no chance to appeal. They face at least five years in a labor camp if they are found guilty.
The reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were arrested by the North Korean military on March 17 on the border between China and North Korea. They had been in China reporting on North Korean refugees for Current TV, a San Francisco-based media company founded by Al Gore, the former vice president.
In announcing the trial date, the North’s state-run news agency, KCNA, gave no details on what charges they faced. But Pyongyang had earlier said that it found evidence of illegal entry and unspecified hostile acts.