N.Korea sentences Canadian pastor to hard labour for life: Report

SEOUL – North Korea’s highest court has sentenced a South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labour for life for subversion, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor at a Toronto church that is one of Canada’s largest, has been held by North Korea since February. He had appeared on North Korean state media earlier this year confessing to crimes against the state.

North Korea’s supreme court said Lim had attempted to overthrow the North Korean government and undermine its social system with “religious activities” for the past 18 years, Xinhua reported.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m sure as soon as Justin lays some “Sunshine Ways” magic on Kim Jong-Un that preacher man will be on the first flight home.
    Maybe they could talk about hair and have a hair care and personal fashion summit?
    That might be a good idea. They could film it and call it: “Canadian eye for the psycho-Korean-guy”

    Poor Korean preacher man, he’s utterly screwed.

    • Justin will have him charged with a hate crime in Canada.

      • ontario john

        Turdeau’s government issued a statement that they are dismayed at how harsh the sentence is. Does that mean they agree he is guilty?

        • It is the implied message.

          • ontario john

            Well, he does think helping Christians is disgusting.

          • David Murrell

            Check out the comments on the CBC News page, under the article covering this outrage. A number of posts say the preacher had it coming. Other posts are railing against Christianity.

          • ontario john

            CBC and its bat shit crazy viewers are only interested in muslim journalists and terrorists.

          • Richard_Romano

            They’re a bunch of leftist kooks. Unsurprising how anti-Christian they are.

      • john700

        Justin should tell Kim that he too is the son of a former leader as Canada has adopted the NK model of dynastic rule.

  • Ed

    It seems axiomatic that the more tinpot the regime, the bigger the hats.

    • mauser 98

      …the more medals

      • What’s with all the bling bling?

        • Clausewitz

          North Korean bullet proof vests.

        • Minicapt

          Anual “I have not been executed” medals.


  • dukestreet

    But Muslims are the persecuted, because we won’t let them just take over without a fight. This is a man following Paul’s example.

    • Wait till you see the video by a Polish priest I have scheduled for later.

  • In a sane world, the North Korean Stalinist regime would have been annihilated decades ago. It is a horror, a shame on humanity.

    • BillyHW

      Pacifist are responsible for so many of the world’s horrors.

      • Clausewitz

        I blame it all on Alan Alda.

        • BillyHW

          There’s never enough blamed placed on Alan Alda’s shoulders.

    • It is a blight.

      • I’ve watched some videos filmed secretly in NK – most of the people are in a terrible state, apart from a thin layer of people close to the regime.

        • It is a prison camp.

          • It is amazing how some people can be cruel and indifferent to the suffering they inflict on others. South Koreans are, judging by the K-movies I have seen, and by the economic success of this country, rather intelligent people. The same people in the North, under this dictatorship, are living a completely different life.

          • Richard_Romano

            I lived and worked in Korea. The lives the two nations lead are completely opposite. One is free, flourishing, and even physically taller, etc. NKs are smaller, starving, brainwashed, and un-free. It’s a horrible situation. Why the world hasn’t come to their rescue is beyond me.

          • Yes, it is like Light and Dark. Very sad for the NK people. No one does anything about it.

  • Clink9

    Why anyone would visit that country without a fully armed F-15 Eagle underneath them I’ll never understand.

    • mark

      Unlike the supposed leaders of our Church in Rome, this guy was following Christian teachings and taking Jesus’s message to those in need of it. He’s a better Christian than I or the vast majority of us.

      • Blind Druid

        As an atheist I have little sympathy for what I can only describe as stupidity.

        • Clink9

          Maybe I should have gone with the B 1 Bomber?

          Straddling the fence on this one.

        • Many South Koreans have found solace and guidance in Christianity, even though Buddhism was available to them from way back. In the North, they probably have zero spiritual life or guidance of any sort, and would greatly benefit from some.

          • Blind Druid

            Maybe so Avi, but this guy’s faith will be severely tested, as he will now be beaten and starved to death in a NoKo gulag. However, he does have the option of speeding up the process by proselytizing. Execution to shut him up would probably be the result of that. Very nasty regime, very nasty little despot. If there is a Hell —

          • Yeah, nasty lot. Especially the top dog.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Do not go to Best Korea.