North Korea: Two US reporters will stand trial June 4

May 14, 2009 05:45

North Korea said Thursday that two US journalists arrested in the communist nation near its border with China two months ago will be put on trial on June 4. North Korean media previously have said that the two journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, are accused of illegal entry and unspecified "hostile" acts. Under North Korea's criminal code, conviction for illegal entry could mean up to three years in a labor camp. Espionage or "hostility toward North Koreans" - possible crimes that could be considered "hostile acts" - could mean five to 10 years in prison, according to South Korean officials. The journalists, who work for San Francisco-based Current TV, a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore, were detained on March 17 near the border while reporting on refugees living in China.

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