May 23, 2022

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Exclusive: Inside the N. Korean court that tried Kenneth Bae

Behind the scenes at North Korea's highest legal institution where Americans go for sentencing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NK News has obtained exclusive images showing the inside of the North Korean Supreme Court where Kenneth Bae—who is currently serving a 15-year "hard labor" sentence in North Korea—was tried.

"The DPRK Supreme Court held a trial of Pae [Kenneth Bae] at its court behind closed doors on Apr. 30, 2013 at his request in accordance with Section 270 of the DPRK Criminal Procedure Law," a KCNA dispatch released on May 9 said. "As he refused pleading, the court did not allow the presence of a counsel, pursuant to Section 275 of the above-said law."