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N. Korea sentences detained American to 8 years of hard labor

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea sentenced a detained American to eight years of hard labor for illegal entry into the communist state and "hostility" toward it, its official media reported Wednesday.

   The trial took place Tuesday, attended by unidentified officials of the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a four-paragraph dispatch monitored in Seoul.

   North Korea last month identified the American as Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who crossed into North Korea through the border with China on Jan. 25.

   The report said Gomes -- a former English teacher with a reportedly deep religious conviction -- "admitted to all the charges."