Ohio lawmakers hopeful Korean detainees will be released

Lawmakers remain hopeful detainees in North Korea will be set free

Jeffrey Fowle interviewed in North Korea. (Photo/NBC News)
Jeffrey Fowle interviewed in North Korea. (Photo/NBC News)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Lawmakers remain hopeful detainees in North Korea, including Jeffrey Fowle, of West Carrollton, will be set free.

2NEWS spoke with Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Rep. Mike Turner. They both said the fight is far from over to get those people back home.

“I think that the US has always stood for having the back of people our citizens when their in an international incident like this,” said Brown. “I don’t know what you can talk about in terms of what we are specifically doing.” .

Brown said each one of the cases is a terrible international situation. He said based on his conversations with the department of defense and department intelligence operations, everything is being done to try to get those men home.

Just like Sen. Brown, Turner said Miller’s recent sentencing hasn’t discouraged the fight to get the men back to the US.

“The state department and our county is continuing though all channels to try to seek his release. The fact that they’re going through the processing of indictment, accusations ,trial and sentencing of an American citizen, of course Fowle sees that in his future. It is not going to lessen at all the efforts to obtain the release of all of them,” said Turner.

Turner said his has been in contact with Fowle’s family and attorney.

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