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UPDATE 1 North Korea releases Dutch stamp dealer accused of subversive activities
Wire Update ^ | 08/14/11

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.

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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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(Excerpt) Read more at wireupdate.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disappearance; dutch; nkorea

1 posted on 08/15/2011 1:00:06 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


2 posted on 08/15/2011 1:01:34 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I did not know the Dutch people were stupid people.

Someone actually traveled to North Korea? They are just too stupid to live.


3 posted on 08/15/2011 1:13:37 AM PDT by tdscpa
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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.
http://wireupdate.com/wires/19451/update-1-north-korea-releases-dutch-stamp-dealer-accused-of-subversive-activities/


4 posted on 08/15/2011 1:13:48 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

Ich bin ein Bijl Seener.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 2:59:52 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Seoul-affirming tale.)
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“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.”


6 posted on 08/15/2011 4:13:23 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
...And although voters can vote against the candidate by picking up a red pen, doing so would result in immediate arrest and severe sentences.”

"You don't say!"


7 posted on 08/15/2011 5:02:21 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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lol


8 posted on 08/15/2011 5:04:53 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

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.


9 posted on 08/15/2011 6:58:35 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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Imagine Kim Jong Il’s disappointment when a professional philatelist was not what he expected.
10 posted on 08/15/2011 7:02:22 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: COBOL2Java
Good one and "really".

We can take nothing for granted, including our Constitution, while Obama reigns serves... Plenty of 'evil' history to learn from. If only. . .

11 posted on 08/15/2011 7:09:06 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: COBOL2Java

Well played.....(golf clap)


12 posted on 08/15/2011 7:25:44 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, Ergo Conservitus.)
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