A former US Navy accused of breaking into the North Korean embassy in Madrid and attacking diplomatic personnel was released on Tuesday in Los Angeles on a $ 1.3 million bail.
As a condition for his release, Christopher Ahn has to confine himself to his home in the suburb of Chino Hills in Los Angeles before his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor.
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"I have spent a lot When you read more about them, you are confident that you will do the right thing", The US judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, attended by several family members.
Ahn can be home only leaving medical appointments and church. He is expected to be released in the coming days.
The Spanish authorities have accused 38-year-old Ahn, who worked for six years with the Marines and served in Iraq, of having broken into the North Korean embassy on February 22 with five others. The group beat and held some embassy staff for hours as hostages before they fled.
According to the US court, inter alia breaking and intrusion, robbery with violence and injury.
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Ahn is said to be a member of Free Joseon or the Cheollima Civil Defense, an activist group that supports North Korean defectors and tries to overthrow North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Two people allegedly involved in the embassy incident are still at large, including Adrian Hong, a Mexican citizen and longtime US citizen allegedly leader of the group.
Free lawyer Joseon said the allegations of violence were lies of Kim's diplomats, who invented the story to save their own skin. They claim that the group members have been invited and that there are no problems.
"The extradition papers from Spain confirm that almost the entire case against Mr. Ahn is based on unconfirmed statements by high-ranking North Korean officials," said Ahn attorney Naeun Rim in a statement released last week by Fox News.
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The video, taken by Fox News, shows activists walking into the embassy and chatting with a member of Kim's diplomatic corps. An activist takes official photos of Kim and his father Kim Jong II from a wall and smashes them on the floor.
Ahn was arrested in April by US agents in Los Angeles. His actions have made him the target of the Kim regime, said Rosenbluth in a command that gives him a deposit on condition.
"The FBI has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened his life," the judge wrote. "He seems to be the target of a dictatorship's efforts to assassinate him."
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Prosecutors rejected Ahn's release, calling him a major flight risk.
We took the weight off our shoulders because we know that he will be home, that he will be with loved ones. We can visit him now, "said Juan Sanabria, a former Marine who served with Ahn, to Reuters.
Fox News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn contributed to this report.