There’s a glimmer of hope today for Korean American Kenneth Bae who was recently sent to a special prison camp in North Korea after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, reports Fox News.
People familiar with the North Korean prison system say a sentence like that received by Bae could mean the inmate could be dead within three years of entering prison.
But the prison Bae was sent to is a “special prison,” a significant difference..
“These are not really camps like the political prison camps used for the North Korean people,” said Kang Chol-hwan, himself a former prisoner. “If Kenneth Bae was really sent to a prison camp, he would not survive and that would not be good for the Kim regime.
“Normally a person dies in three years after being sent to a real camp,” added Kang.