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North Korea says released Australian student committed spying acts: Report

Alek Sigley Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 06, 2019, 03.59 PM (IST)

North Korea's state media said on Saturday that the Australian student Alek Sigley was caught committing spying acts which led to his expulsion from the country, reported news agency Reuters.

"Investigation revealed that at the instigation of the NK News and other anti-DPRK media he handed over several times the data and photos he collected and analyzed while combing Pyongyang by making use of the identity card of a foreign student," a Reuters report stated quoting the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Sigley, who had been held in North Korea since June 25, admitted his "spying acts" and repeatedly asked for a pardon, the report said quoting KCNA.

Sigley, expelled from North Korea on Thursday, arrived in Tokyo via Beijing later the same day.

Sigley - one of a handful of Westerners living and studying in Pyongyang - disappeared without a trace around June 23, prompting concerns about his fate.

For days his family received no word about his whereabouts or wellbeing, stoking fears he may be the latest in a long line of foreigners to be tangled up in North Korea's police state.

Sigley ran a number of social media sites, which usually had a stream of apolitical content about everyday life in one of the world's most secretive nations.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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Sigley, who had been held in North Korea since June 25, admitted his "spying acts" and repeatedly asked for a pardon, the report said quoting KCNA.