MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Efforts to free a West Carrollton man in North Korea are taking an interesting twist.
Jeffrey Fowle was quoted in a North Korean newspaper as saying he admitted to circulating a copy of the Bible while in the country as a tourist.
Reuters is reporting that Fowle told the paper, “It was my premeditated act that did not fit the purpose of my trip as a tourist.” The quote was translated by the Choson Sinbo newspaper into Korean.
Fowle was arrested in May and is now awaiting trial. He also made a new plea for the U.S. government to help secure his release.
Up until this latest report, Fowle has stood steadfast that he was not on a church mission in the Community country.
He is accused of leaving a Bible in the restroom of a sailor’s club.
Fowle recently lost his job with the City of Moraine, but the city does say he can re-apply upon his return to the area.
The North Korean report says Fowle requested the interview in which he made the admission.