Aussie Student Reportedly Arrested And Missing In North Korea
An Australian man has gone missing in North Korea.
Student Alek Sigley, 29, was reportedly recently arrested in the rogue nation's capital Pyongyang and has not been seen since.
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday that they are seeking clarification about Sigley's whereabouts.
"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to the family of an Australian man who has been reported as being detained in North Korea," Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said.
"The Department is urgently seeking clarification. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment."
Sigley, from Perth, is a student at Kim Il Sung University and is majoring in Korean literature.
He also runs a company called Tongil Tours which specialises in bringing foreign students to the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK).
Sigley is relatively active on Twitter. He last tweeted on June 24, commenting on the completion of a new building in Pyongyang.
According to The Guardian Sigley is the only Australian living in North Korea.
The Department of Foreign Affairs website Smart Traveller advises Australians to "reconsider your need to travel" to North Korea.
"Foreign visitors have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention," the Smart Traveller North Korea page reads.
"Foreigners can be arrested, detained or expelled for activities that would not be considered crimes in Australia, including perceived disrespectful behaviour and unwarranted interaction with local nationals."
Australia does not have an embassy in the DPRK with the embassy in Seoul managing consular services for the country. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang may be able to provide Australians with assistance.
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