[UPDATED: Family Celebrates His Release] Man With OC Ties Detained in North Korea; Family Pleads For His Release
Detained for several months in North Korea, Eddie Yong Su Jun was finally released at the request of the U.S. He was escorted out of the country on Saturday by U.S. human rights envoy Robert King.
Words cannot fully express how overjoyed we are to be reunited with our husband and father. We are grateful that the DPRK government has granted our plea for his humanitarian release; further, we sincerely thank them for taking care of his health.
To the Democratic People's Republic of Korea:We write to plead for the humanitarian release of Eddie Yong Su Jun, our loving father and husband, who has been detained by the DPRK since November 2010.We have recently received worrisome news that he has been hospitalized, and we are grateful to the DPRK for supplying him with medical attention. However, we remain extremely concerned about his very sensitive health condition.Though we are aware that the DPRK has a judicial system different from that of the U.S., we strongly doubt that our father's health can withstand the stress of a trial or further detainment. Therefore, we beseech his release as an act of humanitarianism that your nation can bestow upon him and our family.Eddie Jun is a devoted, loving husband and father, and we are very anxious to be reunited with him. We appeal to you for compassion so that our father and husband can safely return home to his family.With Respect,The Jun Family
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