Laura Ling put on trial by the North Korean governmentJune 4th, 2009 - 7:48 pm ICT by GD
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two journalists working for San Francisco-based Current TV, were put on trial today (4th July, 2009) on the charges of entering the country illegally.
The two American journalists were arrested on March 17 while reporting a story on North Korean refugees and had been detained by the North Korean government since. They have been held with charges of “hostile acts against the state” and “illegal entry.”
Sending a ship to the waters of South Korea, the North Korean authorities started the trial of the two detained American journalists. This move has aggravated the existing tension between the Obama administration and North Korea. Just last month the North Koreans had carried out a nuclear device testing much to America’s consternation.
Earlier, 1st June to be precise, in an episode of “Nightline,” which was aired by ABC at 11:35 p.m., Lisa Ling, sister of Laura Ling, talked to the host of the show, Bob Woodruff. During the show she told Woodruff, “We’re talking about what seems to be a full-blown nuclear standoff, and my little sister and Euna Lee are seemingly in the midst of it, and we just felt like it was really time to try and urge our two countries to communicate on our issue and to separate it.” She further added, “Our issue is a humanitarian issue. We hope that our two countries that don’t have a diplomatic relationship can come together to resolve this and try and get the girls released.”
From the announcement of the trial dates, many vigils spanning across 10 cities have been carried out calling for the release of the two detainees.
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