A North Korean scientist who defected to China while taking time off from work committed suicide in a prison cell after he was captured and forced to return to his home country.
Reports say that he was working as a researcher in the State Academy of Sciences in Pyongyang when he and a group of North Koreans were caught in Shenyang in early November. They were sent back to North Korea on November 17. The scientist allegedly took poison while awaiting interrogation.
“He killed himself only a few hours after he was placed in solitary confinement at the State Security Department in Sinuiju city,” a source told Radio Free Asia.
The source continued, “He died before he could be questioned about the reasons for his escape, who had helped him, and what his route had been.”
The scientist was believed to be in his early 50s and, according to the source, took time off from his job “because he was showing signs of anxiety over his research projects.”
He allegedly visited friends near the border of North Korea and China, but did not carry any valid traveling documents, and “when he learned that the authorities were looking for him, he simply disappeared,” the source said.
But when he was captured by the Chinese, he never told them about his job which, if he had, might have led to his survival, the source explained.
“If the Chinese government had known who he was, they would have wanted to learn what he knew and would never have sent him back,” the source said. “He must have been searched many times while being taken from China to Sinuiju, so it’s a mystery how he was able to conceal the poison he took.”
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