US tourists arrested in North Korea for leaving behind a Bible
North Korean authorities have arrested a United States citizen by the name of Jeffert Fowle after he allegedly left an English and Korean-language bible underneath a waste basket in the bathroom of a restaurant in Chongjin.
The bible was discovered by a janitor who immediately reported it to the authorities. The authorities arrested Fowle a few days later at an airport in May, right as he was about to board a flight out of North Korea. The authorities were able to find him because the bible not only contained his name, but personal photos and his phone number.
According to reports, Fowle later admitted to his fellow tourists that he had left the Bible behind for someone to find and read. Obviously that didn’t turn out very well as Fowle is currently being held in a North Korean jail, as is Matthew Miller, another American citizen who was arrested back in April.
Both Fowle and Miller were allowed to speak to a video crew for the Associated Press, and have asked the United States government for assistance to secure their release. They are expected to be put on trial very soon, though it’s still unclear what Fowle is going to be charged with.
Read more about the story at Reuters.