Bible Left In N. Korea’s Sailor’s Club Triggered U.S. Tourist Arrest

American tourist Jeffrey Fowle was arrested by North Korean authorities for leaving a bible under a bin in the toilet at a club for foreign sailors, a source familiar with Fowle’s case told Reuters. During his ten day trip to North Korea, Fowle’s fellow travelers described the middle-aged street repairs worker from Miamisburg, Ohio as a warm, amiable, quiet man. On May 4, towards the end of an evening spent eating and drinking in Chongjin, a large industrial city on North Korea’s east coast, Fowle’s action led to him being thrown in jail, where he is awaiting trial in one of the world’s most inhospitable countries.

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