North Korea Releases Canadian Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim ‘on Sick Bail’

A Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea has been freed after two and a half years in detention.

Hyeon Soo Lim (Photo: videograb)

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A Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea has been freed after two and a half years in detention.

Hyeon Soo Lim, North Korea’s longest-held western prisoner in decades, was “released on sick bail” Wednesday by the country’s top court for “humanitarian” reasons, state-run news agency KCNA said.

Lim’s son, James Lim, received word over the weekend that a plane carrying senior Canadian officials, a medical doctor, and a letter to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was dispatched to Pyongyang “at the last minute,” according to family spokeswoman Lisa Pak. The plane landed in the North Korean capital Monday.

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