U.S. stu­dent freed by North Korea dies

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WORLD -

CINCIN­NATI — An Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent who was re­leased by North Korea in a coma has died in Ohio. Otto Warm­bier was 22.

His fam­ily said in a state­ment re­leased by a hos­pi­tal that Warm­bier died Mon­day af­ter­noon. The fam­ily thanked the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ing him but said, “Un­for­tu­nately, the aw­ful 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 was sen­tenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour in North Korea, con­victed of sub­ver­sion after he tear­fully con­fessed he had tried to steal a pro­pa­ganda ban­ner.

The Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia stu­dent was held for more than 17 months and med­i­cally evac­u­ated from North Korea last week. Doc­tors said he re­turned with se­vere brain dam­age, but it wasn’t clear what caused it.

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