TOKYO (Sputnik) — North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho, who went secretly to South Korea from London, where he worked at the North Korean embassy, committed a series of crimes and decided to avoid retribution by fleeing to Seoul, North Korean state media reported Saturday.
"Amid fear of his crimes being unmasked and fear of punishment in accordance with the law, he portrayed despicable farce with the flight to South Korea with his family. The runaway stole large sums of public funds, sold state secrets, and was engaged in sexual abuse of minors, as well. To investigate all these crimes, he was sent a recall in June," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a statement.
On Friday, media reported that another North Korean diplomat, third secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Russia Kim Chor Sen, who had been considered missing in Moscow since last month, defected to South Korea. According to preliminary information by the Russian law enforcement, he initially flew from St. Petersburg to Minsk and from there, to Ukraine before leaving for South Korea.