An Australian student Alek Sigley, 29, who was detained in North Korea, arrives at Beijing international airport in Beijing, China. Reuters
An Australian student who went missing in North Korea has been released from detention and has safely left the country, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.
Alek Sigley, 29, went missing last week.
“Mr Alek Sigley has been released from detention in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” Morrison told Parliament, referring to North Korea by its official name.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is praying for the safe return of a student missing in North Korea for the past week, he said on Tuesday, as authorities struggle to learn the man’s whereabouts.
A 29-year-old Australian student held in North Korea said on Friday he was planning to “return to normal life” after being freed and flying to Japan but offered no details of his detention.
The wife of an Australian man who has gone missing and is feared detained in North Korea said she had no hint that anything was wrong before his disappearance.
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