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US furious: What did North Korea do to Otto Warmbier while imprisoned?A few days after being returned to his parents while deep in a coma, the family of Otto Warmbier, who was held prisoner by North Korea, announced his passing. “Our son has completed his journey home,” his family said in a statement.
American student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned by North Korea for 17 months and was recently released home to his parents in a coma, died last night (Monday), his family said. Warmbier was arrested and imprisoned after attempting to steal a propaganda poster at the end of his trip within the country when he was a 21-year-old student, a crime to which he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. US President Donald Trump condemned the “brutality of the North Korean regime,” noting that Warmbier underwent harsh conditions.
“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” the family said in an issued statement. “Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 pm. It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost – future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person.”
According to North Korean officials, Otto went into a coma in March 2016 after contracting botulism and taking a pill. The regime stated that the student was returned to his family for “humanitarian reasons.”
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