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Persecuted Christians: Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim

Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor currently imprisoned for life in North Korea (Photo: screenshot/youtube)

This month's persecuted Christian is a Canadian pastor currently imprisoned in North Korea. Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim was born in South Korea, but spent his career as a pastor near Toronto, Canada. After being arrested during a missionary trip to North Korea a year ago, Reuters' Jack Kim reports that Rev. Lim was forced to make a false confession and is currently imprisoned for life:

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.

Lim admitted during the trial to "not only viciously defaming the highest dignity of Korea and its system but also possessing the wicked intention of trying to topple the Republic by staging an anti-state conspiracy," KCNA said...

The prosecution sought the death penalty, but the defense asked for leniency despite the gravity of his crimes "so that he can witness for himself the reality of the nation of the Sun as it grows in power and prosperity," KCNA said.

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