North Korea said on Saturday, July 6th, said the released Australian student that it detained for a week was engaging in spying activities by trying to publish materials critical of the North Korean state.
The state-run news agency KCNA said that the authorities deported Australian student Alek Sigley on Thursday after the latter pleaded for forgiveness.
North Korea has made a habit of detaining Westerners to use them to receive political gains and concessions. The North Korean authorities provided few details of Sigley’s alleged spying activities, claiming that the student instigated news outlets to criticise the state.
North Korea, which closely monitors visitors and enforces a stringent information blockade on its citisens, is extremely sensitive about controlling the flow of information, which made Sigley, who had a lively presence on Twitter, an anomaly in the country.
Sigley arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after telling reporters he was in “very good” condition, but without saying what happened to him. His father, Gary Sigley, a professor of Asian studies at the University of Western Australia, said his son was treated well in North Korea.