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Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman’s bizarre outburst about an American citizen jailed in North Korea has drawn widespread criticism, including from the prisoner’s family.
In an exclusive interview from Pyongyang on Tuesday, he reacted angrily to a question from Chris Cuomo of CNN’s “New Day” about whether he was planning to ask North Korean leaders about Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp by North Korea last year on accusations that he intended to topple the government through religious activities.
Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, told “Anderson Cooper 360” that Rodman’s comments were shocking and outrageous.
Bae, a married father of three, has suffered a series of health problems during his detention and has been transferred from the labor camp to a hospital.
His mother, Myunghee Bae, who visited in October, told CNN that her son was a devout Christian who had not understood the system in North Korea.
North Korea is officially an atheist state and has said Bae’s offenses included planning a “Jericho operation” to bring down its government through religious activities. The regime accused Bae of urging people to carry out “hostile acts” against the state.
Chung said Tuesday she was upset because Rodman didn’t use his relationship with Kim to help gain her brother’s release from the hospital.
“He was in a position to do some good and to help advocate for Kenneth,” she said. “He refused to do so. But then instead he has chosen to hurl these outrageous accusations against Kenneth. He clearly doesn’t know anything about Kenneth, about his case. And so we were appalled by that.”
She said her brother was in North Korea legally, working as a tour operator, when he was arrested in November 2012. She said she hoped one of the former basketball players would take a chance to ask for amnesty for him.
“This isn’t some game. This is about a person’s life,” she said.
The family on Wednesday released a statement — with the title “Dennis Rodman: No Diplomacy, No Kindness or Decency for Kenneth Bae” — that repeated calls for Bae’s release.