American man freed from North Korea eight years ago found burning to death

American man freed from North Korea eight years ago found burning to death

Jimmy Carter helped to release Aijalon Mahli Gomes

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A man who was freed from North Korea eight years ago has now been discovered burning to death by a California Highway Patrol officer.

Aijalon Mahli Gomes was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday (November 17). Whilst a final cause of death has not been established, it is thought it was probably either suicide or accidental.

Shortly before his death Gomes moved from Boston to San Diego and his death has caused many to question what his life has been like since he went back to America from North Korea.​

Although he had written an e-book about his life, since his release he has mostly not been featured in the media, according to CNN.

In 2010 former US President Jimmy Carter took part in the negotiation with North Korea to release Gomes, who had been arrested for entering the country through China.

He was handed a sentence of eight years of hard labour as well as a fine of roughly £451,000 as North Korea claimed he came to the country to commit a "hostile act."

Before going to North Korea he had been living in South Korea for nine years and his uncle claimed he had "good motives" and "good intentions" so was unlikely to be doing anything "extreme."

However, it is still not clear what exactly he was doing when he entered the country.