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 A prominent North Korean defector who fled a prison camp and became the face of international efforts to hold the country accountable for widespread human rights abuses has changed key parts of his life story.

   Author Blaine Harden says in a statement on his website that he has pressed Shin Dong-Hyuk to "explain why he had misled me" during interviews for Harden's book on Shin, "Escape from Camp 14."

   North Korea tried to discredit Shin late last year as it fought a U.N. General Assembly resolution that backed the findings of a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry into Pyongyang's human rights abuses.

   Human rights groups say the inquiry was based on interviews with scores of defectors.

   Shin was expected to arrive in Seoul from the U.S. on Monday.

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