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Elderly detainee 'in good health'

The family of an elderly American detained for more than a month in North Korea says the Swedish ambassador has seen the man and found him to be in good health.

Merrill Newman's family said in a statement yesterday that the ambassador to North Korea had visited the 85-year-old at a Pyongyang hotel.

The statement said Mr Newman reported that he was being treated well.

The family pleaded with the North Korean authorities to take Mr Newman's health and age into account and let him go as an act of humanitarian compassion.

Mr Newman was taken off a plane on October 26 while preparing to leave North Korea after a 10-day tour.

The North Korean authorities released a video yesterday showing Mr Newman apologising for alleged crimes during the Korean War.


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