It is quite incredible to think one can be imprisoned for leaving a Bible on a table. Check out Jeffery Fowle’s story.
An American detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home.
A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle touched down on Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio.
The State Department announced on Tuesday that the 56-year-old Miamisburg resident had been released.
The news came about six months after he was taken into custody after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea.
He had been awaiting trial – the only one of three Americans held by Pyongyang who had not been convicted of charges.
The two others were each sentenced to years in North Korean prisons after court trials that lasted no more than 90 minutes. The three Americans entered North Korea separately.
Fowle was flown out of North Korea on a U.S. military jet that was spotted at Pyongyang’s international airport on Tuesday.
There was no immediate explanation for the release of Fowle, who was whisked to the U.S. territory of Guam before heading back to his wife and three children in Ohio.
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Tuesday that Fowle was seen by doctors and appeared to be in good medical health.
She declined to give more details about his release except to thank the government of Sweden, which has an embassy in Pyongyang, for its ‘tireless efforts’.