US soldier faces court-martial following North Korean defection

[JURIST] US soldier Charles Robert Jenkins, accused of defecting to North Korea, is scheduled to face court-martial on Wednesday. Jenkins, who disappeared in 1965 while on active duty in South Korea, has lived in North Korea for 39 years without ever explaining the circumstances on how he got there. He gave himself up to the US in September. Jenkins now faces desertion and other charges. It is being speculated Jenkins made a deal because no pre-trial hearing has taken place. It is possible that Jenkins will plead guilty to one or more of the charges against him in exchange for information on the North Korean regime. BBC has more.



 

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