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Australian student Alek Sigley was arrested in North Korea over spying charges, state media says

Alek Sigley was released by North Korea on Thursday (Picture: EPA)

An Australian student who was de..

By admin , in World News , at July 7, 2019

epaselect epa07694893 Australian Alek Sigley smiles as he arrives at Haneda International airport in Tokyo, Japan, 04 July 2019. The 29-year-old Perth student, who went missing in North Korea last week, has been released from detention in the secretive country. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Alek Sigley was released by North Korea on Thursday (Picture: EPA)

An Australian student who was detained in North Korea was arrested on spying charges, the nations state-run news agency has said.

Alek Sigley, 29, went missing last week but was released and arrived in Beijing Airport on Thursday where he told reporters he felt great and refused to comment on what had happened.

In a statement released shortly after his release, Mr Sigley refused to elaborate on why he had been detained, and said he wanted to return to a normal life with his wife, Yuka.

But North Korea claimed he had been arrested after being caught red handed committing anti-DPRK incitement through internet.

A statement claimed an investigation had revealed that at the instigation of the NK News and other anti-DPRK media, Mr Sigley had been gathering sensitive data and pictures, during his time living in Pyongyang.

Alek Sigley (Picture: Alek Sigley/Twitter)

Mr Sigley gave an insight into day-to-day life in Pyongyang (Picture: Alek Sigley/Twitter)

It added Mr Sigley had been offered humanitarian leniency by being expelled from the country.



As a foreign student in the secretive nation, he had unprecedented access to the capital city and ran a blog which gave a rare glimpse into North Korea.

He wrote six articles for the news website NK News, an independent news organisation aiming to provide information about North Korea to English speaking readers.

The organisations CEO, Chad OCarroll, denied Mr Sigley spied on the country and said the articles he wrote presented an apolitical and insightful view of life in Pyongyang.

Mr OCarroll added: The six articles Alek published represent the full extent of his work with us and the idea that those columns, published transparently under his name between January and April 2019, are “anti-state” in nature, is a misrepresentation which we reject.

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He has said he wants to return to a normal life with his wife, Yuka (Picture: Facebook)

On his website, Mr Sigley said he would not discuss topics that may get him into trouble. He wrote: Please note that because of my studies and work in-country, I generally steer clear of politically sensitive issues in my blog.

At any rate, Im not particularly interested in saying what has already been said a thousand times before about North Korea.

In my blog I aim simply to present life in North Korea as I see and experience it.

Mr Sigley was studying for a masters degree in Korean literature at the prestigious Kim Il Sung University and had been living in Pyongyang since April 2018.

He wrote about food and culture in the closed-off society, and was even allowed to set up a tourism company offering tours of Pyongyang and the DMZ to foreign tourists.

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