By Paul Miller – Originally published in Breitbart
Reverend Kim Dong-Shik, a Christian missionary, human rights activist and U.S. citizen, has been missing since 2000.
According to a 2005 confession by a North Korea (DPRK) intelligence agent captured by South Korea, the Illinois resident and married father of two was abducted by DPRK agents in northeastern China and taken to North Korea. The agent confessed that he last saw Reverend Dong-Shik in the custody of North Korean intelligence agents after he delivered him over to the regime in Pyongyang.
Seeking justice for Dong-Shik’s family is Israeli civil rights organization ShuratHaDin – Israel Law Center, which has been seeking Justice for American and Israeli victims of terrorism since 2003.
Shurat HaDin founder Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Tel-Aviv led the Dong-Shik family’s legal team that included attorneys Robert Tolchin of New York and Meir Katz of Maryland, with an appeal successfully drafted and argued by attorney Asher Perlin of Florida.
Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the family “a historic $330 million default award judgment against the government of North Korea in a civil damages trial for wrongful death, torture, and kidnapping. This included $15 million each to Kim’s son and brother, as well as $300 million in punitive damages,” the statement read.