Skip to comments.UPDATE 1 — North Korea releases Dutch stamp dealer accused of subversive activities
Posted on 08/15/2011 12:59:59 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
UPDATE 1 North Korea releases Dutch stamp dealer accused of subversive activities
By BNO News
PYONGYANG/UTRECHT (BNO NEWS) -- North Korea on Saturday released a Dutch stamp dealer after he was earlier accused of subversive activities during a business trip to the country, a family friend told Dutch media on Sunday.
Willem van der Bijl, 59, who is the owner of a post stamp collection shop in the Dutch city of Utrecht, traveled to the Asian country in early July to buy North Korean stamps and paintings. He was scheduled to fly back to the Netherlands on July 30 but never took the flight.
Keuster said Van der Bijl was arrested after making photos which the North Korean authorities deemed 'inappropriate and dangerous.' He was eventually accused of subversive activities while Van der Bijl had no such intentions, Keuster explained.
Van der Bijl was picked up by his family at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Saturday and told his family he had been treated well during his arrest. He was allowed to leave North Korea after signing a confession, RTV Utrecht reported.
However, two North Korean employees of Van der Bijl remain missing and are believed to remain in custody. The two North Korean employees worked for Van der Bijl from an office in the city of Pyongsong, which is north of the capital of Pyongyang.
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I did not know the Dutch people were stupid people.
Someone actually traveled to North Korea? They are just too stupid to live.
Van der Bijl is a known admirer of North Korea and its propaganda paintings and frequently visits the country. “What I noticed is that there is quite a difference between the intentions of Mr. Van der Bijl and the interpretation of the North Korean government,” Coen de Keuster, a friend of Van der Bijl, told local broadcaster RTV Utrecht.
Ich bin ein Bijl Seener.
“During the local elections in North Korea last month, all voters approved the candidates who ran unopposed. Residents in the Asian country are legally required to vote during elections unless they have left the country with approval or if they work at sea. And although voters can vote against the candidate by picking up a red pen, doing so would result in immediate arrest and severe sentences.”
Well, glad to see I was on wrong call per this situation. Fooled ‘once’ however, is just that. Hope this Dutchman does not challenge Wisdom, further...or again.
We can take nothing for granted, including our Constitution, while Obama
reigns serves... Plenty of 'evil' history to learn from. If only. . .
Well played.....(golf clap)