North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen that left a bible behind at a club.
North Korean authorities arrested a U.S. citizen after he left a bible in the bathroom of a restaurant, according to a new report.
Tourist Jeffrey Fowle, the second American since April to be detained by the country, left an English and Korean-language bible underneath a waste bin in the bathroom of a club for foreign sailors in the city of Chongjin, Reuters reported, citing anonymous sources.
A cleaner who found the bible reported it to authorities, which then arrested Fowle days later at an airport on May 7, as he was about to board a flight out of North Korea. The book reportedly contained Fowler's name, personal photos and his phone number.
Fowle reportedly later admitted to others in his tourist group that he left the bible behind for "someone to read." He is currently in a North Korean jail, as is Matthew Miller, who was arrested in North Korea in April.
Fowle and Miller were allowed to speak to an Associated Press video crew, and asked for U.S. government assistance to secure their release. They are expected to go on trial soon. It is unclear what Fowle is being charged with, according to the AP.
Kenneth Bae, another U.S. citizen, is currently in a North Korean prison camp, having been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. It is unclear exactly why Bae was detained and jailed, but most theories concentrate on Bae's devout Christian background and North Korea's aggressive moves to limit freedom of religion.
Tags: NORTH KOREA, US & World, WORLD