what happened to Otto Warmier ?

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US student freed from North Korea jail has been in coma for a year
Otto Warmbier's parents claim their son, who went into a coma after being jailed in March 2016, was "brutalised and terrorised".
20:59, UK,
Tuesday 13 June 2017
A US student freed from a North Korean jail has been in a coma for more than a year, his parents have said.
Otto Warmbier, 22, was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour in March 2016 after admitting he tried to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel he was staying at.
Mr Warmbier was released on Tuesday but had to be medically evacuated from the country after it emerged he had been in a coma since he was jailed.
North Korean officials told Mr Warmbier's family he fell ill from botulism after his trial then went into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

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Mr Warmbier broke down as he was jailed in March 2016
The student's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said they were only informed of his condition last week.
In a statement, they said: "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalised and terrorised by the pariah regime."
They added they were grateful their son "will finally be with people who love him".
Swedish diplomats, who represent the US in North Korea, were denied access to visit Mr Warmbier, the Washington Post reported.

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The propaganda sign Mr Warmbier attempted to take is shown on a TV at his trial
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the release was secured "at the direction of the President", adding that Mr Warmbier was "en route to the US where he will be reunited with his family".
Mr Tillerson said he would not comment on Mr Warmbier's condition, but added that US officials are continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of three other jailed American citizens.
Before his trial, Mr Warmbier said he tried to steal the propaganda sign as a trophy for an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church.
He told reporters he was offered a used car worth $10,000 (£7,840) if he could obtain a sign, adding that $200,000 (£156,860) would be paid to his mother if he was detained and didn't return.

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Mr Warmbier has his fingerprints taken at North Korea's top court
Mr Warmbier said he accepted the offer as his family was "suffering from very severe financial difficulties".
His release came during the first day of a visit to North Korea by former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who said he was "trying to open a door" to the reclusive state.
However, Rodman said the issue of Americans detained in North Korea is "not my purpose right now".
 


Wonder what happened to this student ?? What did they do to him, that he is in a medically induced coma.. :roll:
 


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Fncking nightmare nation, I genuinely don't understand why someone would want to visit a place that could arbitrarily just keep you and do God knows what to you.
A yank visiting is even more insane.
 

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Just doesn't bear thinking about what they did to him....evil personified.
 

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Ok, this lad went to a country which has a nightmare reputation for abuse of human rights, with whom his country is at war, in essence, and over which his country has no diplomatic leverage - and he engaged in a spot of casual vandalism? This under the noses of his chaperones, because you cannot wandervogel round NK on your tod.

Wtf?
 

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Apparently he went with some adventure travel company that advertises tours to places your family wouldn't believe you went to, or some such nonsense. Begs the question of what kind of sheltered, entitled rich kid he is. The parents are also demanding an investigation in the travel company, unsurprisingly.
 

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Apparently he went with some adventure travel company that advertises tours to places your family wouldn't believe you went to, or some such nonsense. Begs the question of what kind of sheltered, entitled rich kid he is. The parents are also demanding an investigation in the travel company, unsurprisingly.
Jesus Christ. Is this like that hooley on an island - I cant remember all the details - it was sold by a rapper as a major happening when in fact it was a Ponzi scheme? They all turned up expecting luxury accommodation, for which they had paid the full non-refundbale value in advance, and it was a mud field.
 

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I think it was more some kind of arsehole boy's own adventure type thing. I'll try and find the article, it did say something about their other tours.
 

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Bah. I still can't post links. But it was in the NY Times. 'Otto Warbier Came Home In A Coma, Travel Company Says N Korea Is Extremely Safe!'
 

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Bah. I still can't post links. But it was in the NY Times. 'Otto Warbier Came Home In A Coma, Travel Company Says N Korea Is Extremely Safe!'
Im not excusing NK, but for heavens sake its a country which has gulags literally miles long, in which entire families have been imprisoned on suspicion, and has kidnapped foreigners to force them to be English teachers etc!

Its not Cuba, where a yank could wangle a Canadian visa, turn up with a bit of Spanish and hard currency and providing she or he didnt act the a-hole, have a lovely time.

Dont people know these things?
 

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If they do that to high profile foreigners just imagine what they get away with doing to their own people.

Shame on China for propping up that regime.
 

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If they do that to high profile foreigners just imagine what they get away with doing to their own people.

Shame on China for propping up that regime.
Indeed Sister, but reality of having a united Korea with undue American influence on its border, means it will not happen given China's present Government and Ideology.
 

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Im not excusing NK, but for heavens sake its a country which has gulags literally miles long, in which entire families have been imprisoned on suspicion, and has kidnapped foreigners to force them to be English teachers etc!

Its not Cuba, where a yank could wangle a Canadian visa, turn up with a bit of Spanish and hard currency and providing she or he didnt act the a-hole, have a lovely time.

Dont people know these things?
You'd think so, wouldn't you? A lot of Americans seem blithely unaware of much outside their own country. It's shocking that something like this could happen from sheer naivety.
 

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You'd think so, wouldn't you? A lot of Americans seem blithely unaware of much outside their own country. It's shocking that something like this could happen from sheer naivety.
I think Americans vary between those who are overly cautious about furrin climes, (they are all mad over there, Hilda!),some who are terribly concerned not to be "the Ugly American" and read up everything they can to put their best foot forward, harmless souls who wander round, amazed they are out of the US at all, genuine mavericks with a deep interest in the country they are residing in, and utter a-holes.

How someone could be so stunningly naive as to assume you go to NK for sh*ts and giggles is beyond me. Maybe someone dropped him on the head at a much earlier point.
 

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How bloody awful.
 


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