Family of man held in North Korea fearful of long prison term

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Updated: 6/30 11:16 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — A friend of an American man accused of hostile acts in North Korea on Monday said that the detainee's family is devastated by the ongoing situation, and hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

Jeffrey Edward Fowle, a 56-year-old Ohio father of three, arrived in North Korea on April 29. In June, North Korea's state media said authorities were investigating him for committing acts inconsistent with a tourist visit.

On Monday, the agency said investigations into Fowle and another American, Matthew Todd Miller, concluded that suspicions about their hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their testimonies.

The agency said the men will now be tried in a court, but released no other details.

A friend said Fowle's family are fearful of a long prison term.

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