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China repatriates ‘about 650 North Korean defectors’ to North Korea in two rounds on the 8th and 9th… “After investigation, transfer to correctional center”

China repatriates ‘about 650 North Korean defectors’ to North Korea in two rounds on the 8th and 9th… “After investigation, transfer to correctional center”

10/11/2023 09:05

▲A woman is taken away by Chinese police outside the South Korean consulate in Beijing, China.
▲A woman is taken away by Chinese police outside the South Korean consulate in Beijing, China.

A local source in China announced that the Chinese authorities repatriated 650 of the 2,000 North Korean defectors imprisoned in prisons in Jilin and Liaoning Provinces in two raids on the 8th and 9th.

A source from Jilin Province, China, who requested anonymity, said on the 11th, “The public security authorities repatriated about 650 North Korean defectors to North Korea in two rounds on the 8th and 9th.” He added, “The North Korean defectors were repatriated in two rounds through customs in the Hunchun, Tumen, Changbai, and Dandong regions of Jilin Province. He was repatriated to North Korea,” he told the NK Times.

The source said, “The residents repatriated this time include 240 people from North Hamgyong Province, 210 people from Yanggang Province, and about 200 residents from inland areas, including Pyongyang.” He added, “As news spread that hundreds of North Korean defectors have been repatriated, North Korean defectors living in China are terrified. “There is,” he said.

In relation to this, a North Hamgyong Province source said on the 11th, “Hundreds of North Korean defectors were repatriated to Namyang Customs and Hoeryeong Customs on the evenings of the 8th and 9th,” adding, “They are currently imprisoned in provincial and city MSS and MPS detention centers and awaiting (investigation).” reported to the Times.

The source continued, “It is known that most of the North Korean defectors repatriated this time are remittance brokers who were arrested while trying to go to South Korea or were moving large sums of money,” adding, “I understand that these (North Korean defectors) are sent to labor correctional centers or political prison camps (camps) once the investigation by the Security Department is completed. “He said.

On the same day, a Ryanggang Province source from the NK Times said, “Between 6 PM and 8 PM on the 8th and 9th, more than 200 North Korean defectors were repatriated from Jangbaek Customs to Hyesan Customs,” and added, “They are currently being dispersed and detained in the detention centers of the National Security Bureau and the City Security Department. “It is done,” he said.

He said, “Currently, the Security Bureau is classifying the people repatriated to North Korea (North Korean defectors) by category. Once the classification is completed, the people repatriated to North Korea will undergo an intensive investigation by the Security Department.”

***This article is translated by GTP and may differ from the content of NK Times Korean service.

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