DAYTON, Ohio (AP/WDTN) – An American detained in North Korea since May and charged with “anti-state” crimes there has lost his job in Ohio.
Published reports say the decision to terminate 56-year-old Jeff Fowle from his job with the city of Moraine was effective Thursday and includes severance pay and reinstatement ability.
The suburban Dayton man is one of three U.S. citizens being held by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He was arrested in May and accused of leaving a Bible at a sailor’s club. He is awaiting trial.
The report says City Manager David Hicks wrote in a Sept. 16 letter that the decision was made in the best interests of the city and its residents.
Fowle’s attorney says the family has no hard feelings against the Dayton suburb.