Jimmy Carter Secures Release of Detained American

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The former president is leaving North Korea with 31-year-old U.S. citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes, according to a Carter Center spokeswoman. Gomes, a Boston resident, was granted amnesty by the country after being sentenced in April to eight years at a labor camp when he was caught illegally crossing the China–North Korea border in January. Carter, traveling as a private citizen, arrived in the country Wednesday to negotiate the terms of the release. Gomes is expected to arrive in Boston by Friday afternoon.

Carter returning from North Korea with detained American [CNN]
Jimmy Carter To Return From North Korea With Aijalon Gomes [AP]