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Canadian pastor sentenced to life, hard labour in North Korea, family remains hopeful

On Wednesday, Canadian Pastor, Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim was sentenced to life in prison with hard labour in North Korea. He went there on a humanitarian trip in February. A spokesperson for Hyeon Soo Lim's family hopes the Canadian government can find a way to bring Reverend Hyeon back home.
Hyeon Soo Lim, center, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for what it called crimes against the state. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

On Wednesday,  we learned that Canadian Pastor, Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim had been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour in North Korea. He went there on a humanitarian trip in February. 

Mr. Lim was charged with harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, and trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, among other charges. His trial lasted ninety-minutes.

Lisa Pak is the spokesperson for Hyeon Soo Lim's family and for the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga. She joined Anna Maria in our Toronto studio.

Trudeau: 'Tremendous concern' about Toronto pastor in N. Korea

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadian consular officials have not had access to Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim since his sentencing. 1:23

This segment was produced by The  Current's Josh Flear. 

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