Monday, 19 June 2017

US student detained and released by North Korea dies

The American student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died, his family says.

Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the US last Tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year.

North Korea said botulism and a sleeping pill led to the coma, but US doctors have disputed this account.

Mr Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.

"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home.

Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm," a statement from the family said.
It said the student was "unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands".

BBC            News.