North Korea parades its American prisoner in chilling 'confession' video: Vet 'apologizes' for allegedly killing civilians 60 years ago
Merrill Newman, 85, has been detained in North Korea for more than four weeks after he was pulled off a flight back to US on October 26
On Saturday the North Korean government said he was arrested for being 'a criminal involved in the killing of civilians' during the Korean War
He was seen shaking as he read four-page handwritten letter on camera admitting to his 'criminal offences'
It is not known if he was coerced to do so
Newman, a retired finance executive for technology companies, lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife, Lee
U.S. has no diplomatic ties with North Korea and has to rely on the Swedish Embassy for help when Americans find themselves in trouble
Newman is the sixth American to be detained in North Korea since 2009
Kenneth Bae, Korean-American and Christian missionary, was detained last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor
By Marie-louise Olson
PUBLISHED: 01:05 EST, 30 November 2013 | UPDATED: 02:03 EST, 30 November 2013
A video has been released by the North Korean government showing detained American veteran Merrill Newman, 85, admitting to being 'guilty' of crimes including killing innocent civilians when he was a soldier in the Korean War.
Newman, who has not been heard from since he was detained on October 26, is seen reading a four-page hand-scribbled letter on camera in an undisclosed location in the video released on Saturday.
The veteran from California looks uneasy in the video, and with shaking hands apologizes for what he supposedly did 60 years ago.
‘I realize that I cannot be forgiven for my offensives but I beg for pardon on my knees by apologizing for my offensives sincerely toward the DPRK government and the Korean people and I want not punish me,' he reads.
Chilling video: Merrill Newman, 85, 'admits' to being ‘guilty of a long list of inedible crimes’ against the North Korean government, including the deaths of 50 North Korean soldiers under his command. The video was released on Saturday and was seemingly filmed on November 9. He is seen bowing after he finished reading the letter
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