"North Korean authorities arrested U.S. tourist Jeffrey Fowle three months ago for leaving a copy of the Bible with his contact information and pictures under a bin in the toilet at a restaurant during his 10-day visit to that country, a source has said.
"Fowle, a 56-year-old from Miamisburg, Ohio, who used to attend church back home, left a bilingual English-Korean Bible in a restaurant..."
"...Fowle and another U.S. tourist Matthew Miller, who was later arrested in April on separate charges, have requested the U.S. government to help secure their release, according to The Associated Press.
"North Korea has been a brutal dictatorship, ruled by one party, the Korea Worker's Party, and led by one family, the Kims, since its formation in 1948.
"There are at least 100,000 Christians in that nation's harsh prison camps, where prisoners face torture, forced labor and possible execution, Christian groups say.
"American Christian Kenneth Bae, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, remains in a labor camp, where he was moved from a hospital in January amid grave concerns about his health. Bae, who was arrested in the city of Rajin on Nov. 3, 2012, continues to be the longest-serving American detainee in North Korea since the end of the war in 1953..."