The court sentenced the North Korean American journalist Laura Ling and Li UNU to 12 years imprisonment with a term of service in labor camps, said June 8, Agence France-Presse, referring to the state Ð¸Ð½Ñ„Ð¾ÑÐ¼Ð°Ð³ÐµÐ½Ñ‚ÑÑ‚Ð²Ð¾ DPRK.
Following trial, which lasted five days, the journalist had been found guilty of "grave crime against the state and the DPRK illegal border crossing." What is a crime committed journalist, the North Korean authorities did not specify.
Journalist - employee TV Current TV - were arrested on March 17, 2009 near the border of North Korea and China. Laura Ling and Yong Lee worked on the project on North Korean refugees in China.
According to the AFP, the exact circumstances of detention of journalists are unknown, as well as unclear and the charges brought against them. Yesterday U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton called for the release of journalists from detention and stated that the charges against them without foundation.