June 3 (UPI) — Robbery charges were dropped against a former U.S. Marine who was arrested for raiding the North Korean Embassy in Spain in 2019, according to a recent press report.
Christopher Ahn, 39, now faces the remaining charges in a Los Angeles federal court: illegal entry, illegal confinement, intimidation, assault and being part of a criminal organization, Voice of America’s Korean service reported Thursday.
Jean Rosenbluth, a federal magistrate judge for the court in California, said on May 25 there was no evidence presented by the U.S. Attorney’s office that show Ahn seized property for profit, according to VOA.
Rosenbluth also said the court rejects requests for extradition on robbery charges, the report said.
Aggravated robbery is a felony that could bring a maximum five-year prison sentence in Spain. The other charges, if Ahn is convicted, carry lighter penalties, according to VOA.
Ahn did not act alone but is the only anti-Pyongyang activist who was arrested after the raid. Ahn’s partner Adrian Hong Chang remains a fugitive. The two men also worked with several other people, including a North Korean defector, South Korean news service News 1 reported Thursday.
The embassy raid took place only a few days before the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam. Ahn, an Iraq War veteran, handed over to the FBI flash drives, computer disks and other intelligence after the incident, according to Fox News.
Concern is rising Ahn could be the target of a North Korean assassination attempt in Spain if extradited.
Judge Rosenbluth wrote in 2019 that the “FBI has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened” Ahn’s life, and that Ahn is “apparently the target of a dictatorship’s efforts to murder him.”
Ahn spent six years in the U.S. military and has been affiliated with the anti-Pyongyang group Free Joseon. Ahn has said he was involved in the 2017 rescue of Kim Han Sol, the half-nephew of leader Kim Jong Un.