June 8th, 2009
08:45 PM ET

Families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee speak

Alanna Zahn, the spokesperson for the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee just released the following statement:

"The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are shocked and devastated by the outcome their trial. Laura and Euna are journalists who went to the China-North Korea border to do a job. We don’t know what really happened on March 17, but if they wandered across the border without permission, we apologize on their behalf and we are certain that they have also apologized. We are very concerned about their mental state and wellbeing. Laura has a serious medical condition that is sure to be exacerbated by the drastic sentence. Euna has a 4-year-old daughter who is displaying signs of anguish over the absence of her mother. We believe that the three months they have already spent under arrest with little communication with their families is long enough. We ask the Government of North Korea to show compassion and grant Laura and Euna clemency and allow them to return home to their families. We remain hopeful that the governments of the United States and North Korea can come to an agreement that will result in the release of the girls."

For all of the latest developments in this fast breaking story tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

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  1. Dixie

    What is world coming too, This is plain old crazy, It is a crying shame, Somebody help them those girls, What is North Korea is real evil to even charge those girls with that stupid crime. I praying for their safe return home

    June 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melinda

    How come this story is getting so much press and political influence?
    There are alot of other americans held illegally and they aren't getting any air time. What about the boy in Brazil?

    June 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marta

    This is crazy... What do they mean by crossing the border illegally? I mean, did they ignored obvious signs that said they were crossing the border, or orders by some type of government official @ the border, or was it that they were just walking thru the jungle and mistakenly cross to the wrong side? I can't believe the U.S. can't do nothing for this girls. Would the same had happened if these girls were white Americans? 12 years of labor prison as punishment for crossing some type of man made border is totally abusive and absurd!!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lynn Ellis

    I pray they are released soon. They are obviously not
    spies. They have put our poor government in a difficult
    position having to negotiate and make concessions to
    the North Korean government when the world wants them
    to stop the nuclear testing. This could be a long process.

    June 9, 2009 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. mimi

    Please Pray for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, that God would soften the goverment of north Korea and that they will release these ladies that have done nothing wrong. Pray that this dictator of N.Korea can't sleep until he releases these ladies immediately.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |

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