A man who escaped from a North Korean prison camp and became the subject of a best-selling book that described how he was tortured has admitted minor parts are untrue.
Shin Dong-hyuk has now said that accounts of his torture and the execution of his mother and brother are slightly different from those described in the book, Escape from Camp 14.
Shin 32, posted an apology on 17 January on his Facebook page. In what he describes as his final posting on his page, he told his supporters that he may no longer be able to continue his human rights work as he feels he has discredited himself.
Shin’s testimony is ‘a very small part of a very long story. And it really doesn’t affect the credibility of the testimony,’ said Michael Kirby, Australian judge and chair of the Commission of Enquiry into North Korea.