North Korea releases jailed US student Otto Warmbier said to be in a coma

Mr Warmbier was sentenced last year to 15 years in jail for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.

Mr Tillerson said in a statement said: “At the direction of Donald Trump, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea”.

Mr Warmbier, a student from the University of Virgina, went with his tour group to North Korea in January 2016.

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  • Clink9

    What mental case would ever go there?

    Like sticking your head in an alligator’s mouth.

    • It does seem foolish.

    • Alain

      With a tour group no less.

  • Dana Garcia

    He’s been in a coma for a year after getting botulism, so his parents won’t be getting back the son they had.

    • favill

      If they were foolish enough to bank-roll his trip to N. Korea…then they’re kind of on the hook for putting him in harm’s way in the first place.

      • Dana Garcia

        No question it was a terrible choice.

  • UCSPanther

    At least he got the full Soviet experience: Sentenced to fifteen years hard labor for an act of petty theft against the regime, falling ill with a serious illness in their prison (Probably due to the bad food), and being deported back home in critical condition due to the rotten medical care.

    And to think there are people who are exceptional enough to be absolutely convinced North Korea is heaven on earth…

  • HalcyonDaze

    In North Korea what’s the difference between a state sponsored botulism induced coma and a state sponsored beating induced coma?

    About 3 feet of rubber hose.

    • UCSPanther

      The KGB reportedly liked to use rubber hoses in their interrogations…