American Student Released from North Korea
American student, Otto Warmbier, has been released from a North Korean prison after being sentenced to 15 years with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts. However, the 22-year-old has been in a coma since March, 2016. The University of Virginia student’s release was secured by the state department at the direction of President Donald Trump. The department is still in negotiations to have three other detained US citizens released.
Parents Say Their Son Contracted a Case of Botulism
Fred and Cindy Warmbier’s, the young man’s parents, said that Otto contracted a case of botulism shortly after his trial. He was given some kind of “sleeping pill.” Obviously it was very strong as he has never been awake since. The parents said they learned of their son’s condition last week when the return was negotiated. The father told the Post today, “Our son is coming home. At the moment, we’re just treating this like he’s been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.” The parents added, “We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in North Korea. We are so grateful that he will be with people who love him.”
The young man was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner from his hotel while visiting the country as a tourist in December, 2015. Otto, in a tearful televised public confession, admitted to the ‘crime.’ It is believed that his statement was written by officials in North Korea and that he was coerced into delivering it.
Warmbier is being medically evacuated through the US military base in Sapporo, Japan.