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Former President Jimmy Carter has successfully freed American Aijalon Gomes, who was being held in a North Korean prison. Gomes was the fourth American arrested in North Korea for illegal entry in a year when he was seized in January and accused of crossing into North Korea from China.
The former President used his pull to grant Gomes a special pardon. Gomes had been sentenced to eight years of hard labor and given a huge fine for trespassing and committing a "hostile act." Seems excessive, no?