Detained Australian student released from North Korean custody

An Australian college student who was detained in North Korea last week has been safely freed, Australian officials said Wednesday.

Alek Sigley, 29, was staying with several other Western students in the capital, Pyongyang, but had gone missing on June 25.

“[Sigley] has been released from detention in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday.

“Alek is safe and well … we were advised that the DPRK have released him from detention and he has safely left the country and I can confirm that he has arrived safely,” he added.

News site NK, which covers North Korean news, reported that Sigley had arrived in Beijing and would soon travel to Tokyo.

Australia has no diplomatic ties with the secretive state and searched for the missing student through third parties.

With Post wires

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