N. Korean Defector Says Gov't Killed Evangelist

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A North Korean defector says the government tortured and killed his brother for spreading the gospel.

In 1998, Son Jong Nam fled North Korea for China where a South Korean missionary led him to faith in Christ.

Nam worked with other North Korean refugees for several years before deciding to return to his country to share the Gospel with others.

In 2006, police arrested him after discovering Bibles in his home.

Nam's brother, Son Jung-hun, says the evangelist died in a North Korean prison in 2008.

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"Kim Jong Il is above the country's law...and in North Korea what he instructs is like Jesus Christ's words in the Bible," said the younger brother, a human rights activist who has become a devout Christian since his brother's death.

North Korea says it guarantees freedom of religion for its 24 million people. But the communist state harshly persecutes Christians and owning Bibles is illegal.

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