US missionary held for helping North Koreans

2015-08-05 20:22

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Bangkok - A US citizen of South Korean descent was arrested in Thailand for smuggling North Koreans into the country, an immigration official confirmed on Wednesday.

Isaac Byungdo Lee was arrested on Monday in Nong Khai province, along the Thailand-Laos border. 

A pick-up truck belonging to Lee was found in the vicinity of several North Koreans who were believed to have entered the country illegally, said Police General Panlop Suriyakul na Ayutthaya, chief of the Nong Khai Immigration Bureau.

Lee, a Christian missionary, allegedly has a history of helping North Korean refugees enter the country before directing them to the South Korean embassy or facilitating their journey to the United States through Christian networks.

Lee was being held in the city of Sri Chiang Mai while awaiting trial on charges of human trafficking, Panlop said.

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