On August 4, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il pardoned US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee during a visit from former US president Bill Clinton. The journalists were arrested in March 2009 for allegedly crossing into North Korea while reporting on North Korean defectors and were subsequently charged with unspecified "hostile acts." They had been sentenced in North Korea's Pyongyang Central Court to 12 years in labor camps.
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Learn more about North Korea from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary about the trial from JURIST Guest Columnist Jim Arkedis in Hotline.