Otto Warmbier, a young American who was famously sentenced to hard labor in North Korea more than a year and a half ago, has died.
He had only just returned to the US, having been in a coma for over a year.
His loved ones mourn him, and his family has issued a public statement:
18 months ago, Otto Warmbier was on vacation in North Korea (by way of a trip to China) when he was accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a restricted area of his hotel.
The “evidence” was sketchy at best.
After issuing a dubious confession, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
He had, you see, by allegedly messing with a poster, committed a “crime against the state.”
The sentence itself, and possibly the initial accusation that led up to it, was a political reprisal for American sanctions against North Korea for their nuclear program.
After spending the majority of that sentence in a coma, it was clear when Otto’s still-medically-considered-alive body returned home days ago that recovery might be impossible.
Today, that became a tragic certainty.
His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, have issued this statement:
“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip