A North Korean nuclear expert reportedly committed suicide in his prison cell after being forced to return to the communist dictatorship this month; swallowing poison following his transfer from China to the hermit kingdom.
The defector was apprehended in China after he refused to return to North Korea during a work visit, saying he was suffering from “anxiety over his research projects.” The unidentified man was arrested and transferred across the border to Korean authorities.
According to Fox News, the man took his own life while waiting to be interrogated by Kim’s regime, killing “himself only a few hours after he was placed in solitary confinement at the State Security Department in Sinuiju city.”
“He died before he could be questioned about the reasons for his escape, who had helped him, and what his route had been,” a source close to the incident confirmed. “He must have been searched many times while being taken from China to Sinuiju, so it’s a mystery how he was able to conceal the poison he took.”
The incident is the latest high-profile defection from Kim Jong Un’s regime in recent weeks. Earlier this month, two North Korean soldiers shockingly dashed across the de-militarized zone between North and South Korea; rushing towards freedom while being chased by their former comrades.