Canada Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim lands in Ontario after release from North Korea

03:15  13 august  2017
03:15  13 august  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

Senior Canadian officials in North Korea to seek release of jailed pastor

  Senior Canadian officials in North Korea to seek release of jailed pastor A Canadian government delegation is in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to discuss the case of imprisoned Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Tuesday. The delegation is reportedly led by Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.It’s the second time in about nine months that a Canadian envoy has been sent to Pyongyang to discuss the release of the 62-year-old senior pastor of the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga. The last delegation travelled to North Korea in late 2016.

Hyeon Soo Lim was released from prison earlier in the week after a Canadian delegation — led by Daniel Jean, who serves as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security and intelligence adviser — travelled to Pyongyang, North Korea .

Toronto-area pastor Hyeon Soo Lim is expected to be back on Canadian soil today after spending more than two years in detention in North Korea . Pastor freed from North Korea lands in Toronto LIVE 0:00.

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Toronto-area pastor Hyeon Soo Lim was reunited with his family in Ontario today after more than two years in detention in North Korea.

Canadian pastor freed in North Korea

  Canadian pastor freed in North Korea North Korea says it has released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for anti-state activities over health reasons. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said on its website Wednesday that Hyeon Soo Lim was released on ``sick bail'' following a decision by the country's Central Court.The news was announced after a delegation from the Canadian government went to Pyongyang to discuss Lim's case. Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Mississauga, Ont.

A Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea has been freed after two and a half years in detention. Hyeon Soo Lim , North Korea 's longest-held western. The plane landed in the North Korean capital Monday.

Hyeon Soo Lim , 62, landed in Ontario on Saturday morning, according to the family’s spokesperson Lisa Pak. North Korean authorities freed Hyeon Soo Lim earlier this week. A six-member Canadian diplomatic envoy travelled to Pyongyang to help secure his release .

Lim landed in Ontario Saturday morning and is resting, said Lisa Pak, a spokesperson for the family, in an email to media.

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The 62-year-old pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., just outside Toronto, had requested a private reunion with his family, Pak said. Family members will be available to speak to media at a news conference at the church later Saturday afternoon, she said. 

Global Affairs Canada issued a statement on Lim's release Saturday asking that his family's request for privacy be respected.

‘Relief and disbelief’ as Mississauga pastor’s ordeal ends in North Korea

  ‘Relief and disbelief’ as Mississauga pastor’s ordeal ends in North Korea Hyeon Soo Lim is free.After two and a half years of detention in North Korea, Lim — the senior pastor at the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga — is heading home Thursday.The 62-year-old was expected to fly on a Canadian government charter directly from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Ottawa, where he will reunite with his family. The Lims — who have not seen each other in person since the pastor’s detention in 2015 — will then travel to Toronto, where the family has a west-end home.Sen. Yonah Martin, deputy leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, is a friend of Lim’s.

Hyeon Soo Lim , North Korea 's longest-held western prisoner in decades, was " released on sick bail" Wednesday by the country's top court for "humanitarian" reasons, state-run news agency KCNA said. Lim 's son, James Lim

Hyeon Soo Lim was released from prison earlier in the week after a Canadian delegation — led by Daniel Jean, who serves as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security and intelligence adviser — travelled to Pyongyang, North Korea .

"Today, we join Pastor Lim's family and congregation in celebrating his long-awaited return to Canada," the agency said. "Canada has been actively engaged on Mr. Lim's case at all levels, and we will continue to support him and his family now that he has returned."

Sentenced to life of hard labour

Lim and his family had not seen each other in person since the pastor was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to a life of hard labour in prison for crimes against the state.

He was freed earlier this week, after a six-member Canadian delegation, led by Daniel Jean, who serves as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's national security and intelligence adviser, travelled to Pyongyang. The delegation travelled back with the Presbyterian pastor.

They flew to the Yokota Airbase in Japan from Pyongyang on Thursday, after North Korea's Central Court granted Lim "sick bail" on humanitarian grounds.

From there, the Royal Canadian Air Force CC-144 Challenger aircraft flew across the Pacific Ocean, making stopovers in Guam, Honolulu and Vancouver. It landed in southern Ontario Saturday morning. Pak did not confirm the location, referring media to Global Affairs Canada. 

The Canadian delegation was dispatched from Ottawa to the reclusive regime last Saturday. The team spent 40 hours in Pyongyang, from Tuesday evening until Thursday morning, holding talks with senior North Korean officials.

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