China sends S.Korean prisoner of war back to N.Korea
Posted by Author on July 26, 2010
AFP, July 26, 2010 –
SEOUL — China has repatriated an 81-year-old former South Korean prisoner of war who had fled North Korea decades after being captured, a newspaper report and an activist said Tuesday.
Dong-A Ilbo quoted an unidentified government official as saying the man surnamed Jung was sent back despite intensive diplomatic efforts by Seoul to bring him to the South.
A foreign ministry spokeswoman said she had no information.
“The government made tremendous diplomatic efforts but he was eventually sent back to the North,” the source was quoted as saying.
South Korea had contacted Chinese diplomatic authorities more than 50 times since Jung’s arrest, the daily said.
Choi Sung-Yong, an activist who campaigns for the return of South Korean abductees, said Jung was forcibly returned to the North in September last year, about a month after being arrested in China where he was hiding.
He said Jung was arrested eight days after he fled the North with the help of South Korean activists.
China repatriates escapees from North Korea as illegal immigrants even though they can face harsh punishment back home.
By Seoul’s official account 494 South Koreans, mostly fishermen, were seized in the Cold War decades following the war. Seoul also says more than 500 prisoners of war were never sent home after the Korean War armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.
North Korea denies holding any southerners against their will, even though some have managed to escape from the hunger-stricken country.
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