“North Korean authorities despatched her again house instantly and he or she’s now underneath their custody in Pyongyang,” he stated, citing his contacts within the North Korean capital.
Di Stefano, a member of the 5-Star Motion in Rome’s governing coalition, stated Italy ought to have protected the unnamed daughter. “She now dangers being tortured by one of many worst regimes on this planet,” he wrote.
A diplomatic supply in Rome has stated Italy has no report of Jo in search of asylum there and the whereabouts of him and his household weren’t identified.
Thae urged Jo in January to maneuver to South Korea, however he stated the very fact his daughter was in North Korea sophisticated issues.
“The extent of punishment that the kids of a North Korean diplomat who defected would face is totally totally different relying on whether or not the mother or father went to South Korea or a Western nation,” he stated, suggesting Jo’s daughter would face a lot harsher penalties if her father went to Seoul.
Antonio Razzi, a former Italian centre-right parliamentarian who’s a staunch defender of secretive North Korea, stated Jo’s daughter had been deserted by her dad and mom and was now protected again house along with her grandparents.
“These two wretches left their daughter alone. She is a toddler and suffers from a incapacity,” Razzi advised Italy’s Adnkronos information company. “It’s regular that she was despatched again to her grandparents,” he added, denying she was in any hazard.
Pyongyang usually requires diplomats going abroad to depart at the very least one youngster at house, however these from the highest echelons or seen as probably the most loyal to the management get some exceptions. Thae has stated beforehand that Jo hailed from a rich household of diplomats, and was in a position to take his youngster with him on his posting to Italy which began in 2015.