US Journalists' Trial Begins in Secret

Women face labor camps if found guilty of 'hostile acts' in N. Korea
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 2:34 AM CDT
Lisa Ling breaks down while addressing participants at a vigil for Ling's sister, Laura Ling, and Euna Lee, in Santa Monica, Calif., earlier this week.   (AP Photo/David Zentz)
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(Newser) – North Korea began the trial of two American reporters yesterday in a media blackout, AFP reports. Laura Ling and Euna Lee are charged with entering the country illegally and engaging in unspecified "hostile acts" and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in a labor camp. North Korea has so far refused to comment on the trial. Analysts predict that the women will be found guilty, and then used as bargaining chips in Pyongyang's negotiations with the US.