A California man was sentenced to six years hard labor in North Korea after he admitted to having the “wild ambition” of experiencing prison life.
Matthew Miller, 24, who allegedly waived his right to an attorney, reportedly tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport when he arrived in the country on April 10 and demanded asylum.
Prosecution argued that the request was a ruse and that Miller also claims to have secret information about the U.S. military in South Korea.
He admitted that he wants to secretly investigate human rights violations at North Korean labor camps.
The court ruled it would hear no appeals to its decision, the New York Daily News reported.
The Bakersfield man is one of three Americans currently held by North Korea.
Jeffrey Fowle, a 56-year-old Ohio man, who was arrested in May for allegedly leaving a Bible at a provincial club, is expected to go on trial soon.
Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, 44, is currently serving a 15-year sentenced for “hostile acts to bring down the government.”
The families of Bae and Fowle have lobbied tirelessly for their release. On the other hand, much less is known about Miller’s background, the Washington Post reported.
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