He may well have played a cat and mouse game for years.. and finally got trapped. Fortunate for him, they didn’t exact a pound of flesh, rather from his pride.
AP via the Mercury News
North Korea frees Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman
The KCNA report stated that investigators determined that “Newman entered the DPRK with a wrong understanding of it and perpetrated a hostile act against it.”
U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, reads a document that North Korean authorities say was an apology that Newman wrote and read in North Korea. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)
“Taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him on the basis of his wrong understanding (and the) apology made by him for it, his sincere repentance of it and his advanced age and health condition, the above-said institution deported him from the country from a humanitarian viewpoint,” the official North Korean report added.