Australian student released from arrest in North Korea

epa07676281 An undated handout photo made available by the Sigley Family on 27 June 2019 shows Australian student Alek Sigley. The family of Australian student Alek Sigley, who is feared to be detained in North Korea after not been in digital contact with them since 25 June 2019, insist it's unusual for him not to contact them, but have no confirmation he's been detained by the secretive regime. Australian officials are seeking to confirm his situation, media reported. The 29-year-old Perth student and tour guide, who speaks Korean fluently, was living and studying in Pyongyang for over a year. EPA-EFE/THE SIGLEY FAMILY HANDOUT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Alek Sigley, an Australian student who went Sigley had been pursuing a graduate degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. He also runs several social media sites about everyday life in the reclusive authoritarian state.missing in North Korea last week has been freed from detention, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.

Sigley had been pursuing a graduate degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. He also runs several social media sites about everyday life in the reclusive authoritarian state.

“Alek is safe and well … we were advised that the DPRK have released him from detention and he has safely left the country and I can confirm that he has arrived safely,” Morrison told Parliament.

It was the first time that an official confirmed that the 29-year-old had been detained, although Morrison did not provide an explanation about why he had been taken into custody.

Sigley’s family and friends sounded the alarm last week, saying they hadn’t heard from him since June 25.

Morrison also thanked Swedish authorities for helping to get the student released.

Australia does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea but carries out consular work with the help of the Swedish Embassy in the capital Pyongyang.

 

Via ABC News

 

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