Baes cheer release of other detained American

Baes cheer release of other detained American

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Baes cheer release of other detained American

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle-area family of an American citizen detained in North Korea for more than a year is cheering Pyongyang's decision to release 85-year-old tourist Merrill Newman and wondering when their loved one will come home.

The family of Kenneth Bae issued a statement saying they had been praying for Newman's freedom. Newman is a veteran who had advised a guerrilla group during the Korean War. He had been detained since late October and arrived home in California on Saturday.

Bae, a 45-year-old Christian missionary, was arrested in November 2012 while leading a group of tourists. The government accused him of subversive acts and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor. He was transferred to a hospital due to health concerns.

The State Department and Vice President Joe Biden have called for his release. His family said they hope to see him home for the holidays.
 

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