Alek Sigley was studying in Pyongyang when he was blindfolded and taken to an interrogation facility where his handlers demanded he confess to his crimes
Do you know what day it is? asked the man as we sat in the black Mercedes-Benz that had whisked me from the foreign student dormitory at Kim Il-sung university, where I had been living in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. I knew full well, but he answered his own question: Its the day the US imperialists invaded and started the war.
It was Tuesday 25 June, and the start of my nine long days of interrogation at the hands of the North Korean ministry of state security or at least thats who I believed it was, as they never revealed who they actually were.
Blindfolds, no clocks and interrogation by teacher
That morning a gruff stranger had approached me in the internet room of the dormitory. I was in the third semester of my masters degree in Korean literature and was finishing off my homework about a North Korean short story ahead of an afternoon class.
Youre attending a meeting at university, come with me right now, the man said. Something was off, he had an overbearing manner and latent aggression in his expression.