(NECN: Brad Puffer) - A Boston man returns home today with Jimmy Carter after the former president traveled to North Korea to negotiate his release from prison.
The United States currently has no diplomatic ties with North Korea, and there were no U.S. officials with him on his mission.
Aijalon Mahli was arrested in North Korea in January for illegally entering the country. He was sentenced to 8 years of hard labor. Mahli was in the area working as an English teacher in South Korea.
Before he was arrested, Mahli had previously attended rallies supporting another American woman jailed in North Korea.
He is one of only four Americans who have safely returned from the communist country after being sent to prison there. Last year, former president Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to free two American journalists.