North Korea releases Australian detainee

North Korea releases Australian detainee

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced Australian man Alek Sigley has been released from detention in North Korea and has left the country.

“Alek is safe and well,” Mr Morrison said during Question Time.

“We were advised that the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] have released him from detention and he has safely left the country and I can confirm that he has arrived safely.”

Mr Morrison thanked Swedish officials, through whom diplomatic efforts were conducted as Australia does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea.

“On behalf of the Australian Government I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Swedish authorities for their invaluable assistance in securing Alek’s prompt release, which demonstrates the value of discreet behind-the-scenes work by officials in solving sensitive consular cases in close partnership with other governments,” he said.

“I’m sure we all could not be more pleased.”

Mr Sigley, 29, was studying in Pyongyang and is the founder of Tongil Tours — an Australian-based company specialising in guided tours to North Korea since 2013.

He was reported missing by friends last week.

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