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DPRK Expels Australian Who Committed Criminal Acts
Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- The DPRK's relevant organ on February 18 arrested Australian John Alexander Short, who committed anti-DPRK religious acts after entering the DPRK as a tourist, and investigated him.

John Short committed a criminal act by secretly spreading his Bible tracts around a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang when visiting it on February 16, the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il (Day of the Shining Star) regarded by the people of the DPRK as the greatest national holiday. His criminal act made the Korean people angry.

In August 2012 he entered the DPRK as a tourist and committed a hostile act by spreading his Bible tracts in the Pyongyang Metro on a crowded train, causing a chaos in the sound public order of the DPRK.

He heard from the TV and newspaper reports that the DPRK is the closest closed country and religious freedom is not in it. From the wrong realization and hostility toward the DPRK he made his mind already long before to enter the DPRK for spreading Bible. To this end, in early 2012 he designed thousands of Bible tracts written by him in small size and translated into the Korean language. He entered the DPRK carrying with him a luggage containing the above-said tracts.

According to his statement, he is an ex-convict who committed similar crimes by spreading Bible tracts in China, Vietnam and other countries and was treated and subject to sanctions by law organs of those relevant countries.

He admitted that his activities were criminal acts hurting the Korean people's absolute trust in their leader, violating the independent right of the DPRK and offending its law, and deeply apologized for what he had done. He earnestly requested the forgiveness of the DPRK.

The relevant organ decided to expel him from the territory of the DPRK, thanks to the tolerance of the law of the DPRK and in full consideration of his age.

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