North Korea jails American tourist Matthew Miller for ‘hostile acts’

North Korea jails American tourist for 'hostile acts'
He was sentenced to six years hard labour (Picture: AP)

An American tourist has been sentenced to six years of hard labour for carrying out ‘hostile acts’ against North Korea, it has emerged.

Matthew Miller was arrested in April after allegedly ripping up his visa on arrival in Pyongyang and demanding asylum.

The 24-year-old Californian was convicted after a brief court hearing on Saturday and led away in handcuffs.

A statement from North Korean officials said he would serve a ‘labour re-education’ sentence, adding: ‘He committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist last April.’

(Picture: AP Photo)
North Korea described the sentence as ‘labour re-education’ (Picture: AP)

It is alleged that Miller tore up his visa at the airport and shouted that ‘he came to North Korea after choosing it as a shelter’.

Fellow American Kenneth Bae, 46, is already serving a 15-year labour camp sentence for trying to evangelise inside the Asian state, while 56-year-old Jeffrey Fowle is awaiting sentence after being arrested in May for leaving a Bible under a bin in the toilet of a sailors’ club in the eastern port city of Chongjin.

US assistant secretary of state Daniel Russel called the trio’s detention ‘objectionable’ but it is believed they are being used as pawns to force Barack Obama to send a high-profile member of his administration on a diplomatic visit to Pyongyang.

Andrea Lee, CEO of Uri Tours, the US-based company that organised Miller’s tour to the country, said: ‘Unfortunately, there was nothing specific in Mr Miller’s tour application that would have helped us anticipate this unfortunate outcome.’

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Miller allegedly tore up his visa on arrival into DPRK (Picture: AP)

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14 September 2014 | 10:05 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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