Aussie student in North Korea says he was taken from dorm

  • South Korea
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

SEOUL: An Australian who was nabbed in North Korea last year over spy charges said he had been kidnapped by secret police and forced to make a false confession, according to an article written by him.

Alek Sigley (pic) was held for nine days from June 25 while studying for a postgraduate degree in modern Korean literature at the prestigious Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.

He was expelled from the country after Swedish officials helped broker his release.

North Korean state media KCNA said he had admitted his “spying acts” including passing data and photos he collected by utilising his status as a foreign student to “anti-state” media outlets.

Beyond denying that he was a spy and saying he was sad to have lost access to North Korea, Sigley has not previously publicised details of his detention.

In his first-hand account carried by a South Korea magazine, Sigley said that what appeared to be agents from the Stasi-like State Security Department, known as bowibu, “kidnapped” him from his dorm at the university.

“I was innocent but they filed false charges against me,” he wrote.

“They endlessly tried to teach me some kind of lessons by forcing me to make a written confession which was a concoction of fabricated evidence and crimes and illogical legal reasonings.” — Reuters

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