Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Otto Warmbier dies after 'torturous mistreatment' in North Korea, family says

Trump on Monday denounced the death of Otto Warmbier, saying the University of Virginia student who spent more than a year imprisoned in North Korea suffered at the hands of a "brutal regime".

Upon his arrival in the US, Warmbier was taken immediately to the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, where doctors said that two M.R.I. scans sent by the North Koreans indicated that he had sustained a catastrophic brain injury shortly after his conviction.

"Unfortunately, the bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today".

Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, returned home in a coma last week after 17 months of detention in the North.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour but fell into a coma soon after his sentencing.

"We're proud of the fact that our family are basically happy, positive people", Fred Warmbier said.

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Three South Korean nationals were detained in North Korea during their missionary work since 2013, and the remaining three South Koreans are North Korean defectors who returned and are in custody, a lawmaker briefed by the South Korean spy agency told reporters last week.

The younger Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

Son also called on the Moon administration to find a solution to the six South Korean detainees in the North.

Warmbier's father last week praised the Trump administration for bringing his son home and criticized the Obama administration's approach, saying the family heeded the United States government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result". His doctors in Cincinnati found no evidence of botulism, but also said there were no signs of fractures to indicate he was beaten into his present state. "Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high".

When the two attempted to get through an immigration officer at the Pyongyang International Airport on January 2, 2016, two North Korean officials reportedly took Warmbier.

He was detained in May 2017 on suspicion of "hostile acts" against North Korea.

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"It's unsafe", Corker said, adding that the "trumped up charges" like those Warmbier was accused of "can continue to happen".

Residents rallied around Fred Warmbier with chants of "Otto Strong" and "We love you!" after he answered questions at a news conference Thursday in the high school's media center.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A public funeral service is planned Thursday at a high school attended by a 22-year-old college student who was held for almost a year and a half in North Korea and died shortly after he was sent home to OH in a coma. "I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr. Warmbier's death".

She added the USA will seek cooperation with Beijing, urging it to fulfill all UN Security Council sanctions and exert its influence on the regime.

13 June 2017 -He is released from North Korea and medically evacuated to the US.

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