Cana­dian delegation in North Korea to dis­cuss jailed pas­tor

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

PY­ONGYANG — Staff from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice is in Py­ongyang, North Korea, to dis­cuss the case of im­pris­oned Cana­dian pas­tor Hyeon Soo Lim.

Lim, a pas­tor with the Light Korean Pres­by­te­rian Church of Mis­sis­sauga, was sen­tenced by a North Korean court to life in prison at hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.

Among other things, he was charged with harm­ing the dig­nity of North Korea’s supreme leader and try­ing to use re­li­gion to de­stroy the coun­try’s sys­tem. A spokesper­son for the PMO says Lim’s health and well-be­ing is of ut­most im­por­tance as the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to en­gage on the case.

Cameron Ah­mad says in the state­ment it is an ac­tive case and the gov­ern­ment would not be com­ment­ing fur­ther.

Cana­dian Hyeon Soo Lim was sen­tenced by a North Korean court to life in prison.

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