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Laura Ling Sentenced To 12 Years In Labor Prison

Laura Ling Sentenced To 12 Years In Labor Prison

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been sentenced to 12 years in labor prison by North Korea’s Central Court.

The Korean Central News Agency said on Monday the pair, who were working for former Vice President Al Gore‘s California-based Current TV, were convicted for the “grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing. [The court] sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labor.”

Laura (pictured right) is the sister of Lisa Ling (pictured left), former co-host of The View.

Lisa made public pleas for their release on Wednesday on Anderson Cooper 360: “When the girls left the United States, they never intended to cross into North Korean soil. And if they did at any point, we apologize. And we know that they are very, very sorry. And we ask that you show mercy today.”

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# 1

this is bad. N.Korea is crazy.

# 2

What were they doing out there?

# 3

That’s horrible. My prayers go to her and her family.

# 4

Holy Sh*t!!!!!! poor poor girls.
How tragic & so cruel.
I’m stunned.
Let’s get President Obama to do something.
Those labor prisons are hell on Earth. OMG
tx, Jared for bringing the news to us.

# 5

this is a tragedy.

amnesty international should get involved if they haven’t already.
i wish there was more the US government could do.

this highlights the everyday injustices that the innocent people of North Korea face. Now that, unfortunately, an American citizen has been unfairly, cruelly victimized by Kim Yong-il’s oppressive regime, more people will understand JUST HOW BAD it is there.

I’ll be praying for Laura Ling and her family.

# 6

How sad. That is so unfair. :-(

# 7

They were reporting on people who defect on the border. According to the reports they might have unintentionally crossed the border. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families. Poor Laura has a 4 year old daughter. I hope some negotiations can be made to bring them home.

# 8
dontcare.. @ 06/08/2009 at 1:40 am

I think they were doing a story in China, & accidentally crossed the border into North Korea. It’s cruel what they are doing to them. They are journalists. This is something they don’t deserve & I hope someone get them out, soon! All they were there for was to report on women & children fleeing North Korea to China for an uncertain life. That’s the basis of what was reported! It’s sickening.

# 9
dontcare.. @ 06/08/2009 at 1:41 am

@meems: whoa right on target didn’t see your post before I hit submit!

north korea is crazy

that is some crazy sentence right there.. **** 12 years

THIS is the harshest sentence!
F’n ****** crazy guy.
these 2 are lovely young ladies..hardly spies.
I’m stunned.
I’ll be praying for them to get out & I hope
they make the biggesst Oscar winner film so they will benefit
from this torture financially when they are free.
If they survive. OMG>

The world is a safer place with these two dangerous ladies locked up.

If they sentence a person to something that they might have unintentionally done, i can’t even imagine what they do to their own people. Kim Jong-il is truly evil. poor citizens of N. Korea

Pity the girls n pity the world for living in the midst of a nation called North Korea . I wonder to where mankind or womankind is heading to .

Good thing we have a wuss for a president. Maybe he can talk about how peaceful North Korea is and then they will release these two.

my gosh I can’t believe this,,, god bless them and sister lisa….

a total fan @ 06/08/2009 at 1:54 am

12 years for illegaly crossing a border. How were they allowed to cross? Doesn’t Korea have border patrols. Someone let them cross and I am sure if they were allowed to cross maybe they thought it was ok.

a total fan @ 06/08/2009 at 1:55 am

My prayer to these ladies and their families.

eekomeeter @ 06/08/2009 at 1:59 am

This clearly illustrates N Korea’s hatred of the USA. This sentence speaks volumes. I hope something can be done to put pressure on the powers there to release these women asap. They are not criminals and shouldn’t be punished as such.

They were charged by the North-Korean government with illegally crossing the border, “hostile acts” and spying. The North-Korean China border is represented by the Tumen River which is narrow and the boundary can be unclear.

The problem is, the North Korean dictatorship doesn’t care what the rest of the world thinks of it. They starve and oppress their people at will because we can’t sanction them. They don’t care. As evidenced by their recent “satellite” (nuclear weapons test) launch. The world told them NO! But they did it anyway. They don’t care. It will be a miracle if these women are released. A miracle that we all need to pray for.

@eekomeeter: Agreed. This in addition to their nuclear weapons testing is a giant FU!

this is such bullsh*t. f*ckers like this dude need to grace us all and waste away. f f fu. i was listening to jay z and doing some work in peace when i see this **** blasting the internet. f this bull. also…the facts aren’t there. that statement for the reason they are being held was given by north korea…but who’s to say otherwise. if the women could speak/release a statement of what happened i bet this wouldn’t be the case. stupid twitches getting power and thinking they can use intimidation to get ahead. naw they had this planned and they had this planned well, and it just so happened that they got some good americans to plead their case that the dude is absolutely in the nutter.

Lisa Ling was the Keynote speaker today at my commencement, it’s horrible to know that just a few hours ago Lisa made us all laugh and used encouraging words to empower our graduating class. Now I can imagine her life has been flipped upside down with this heart breaking news about her sister and lee. My prayers go to the family.

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