American student released by North Korea is in coma

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Now, Warmbier's family has been told he suffered a bout of deadly botulism poisoning in March, took a sleeping pill and has been in a coma ever since. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016.

Warmbier, 22, was freed more than a year after a North Korean court sentenced him to 15 years in prison and hard labor.

"Our son is coming home", Fred Warmbier told the outlet Tuesday.

"We still have three Americans who are being held unjustly by North Korea".

They said: "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime" in North Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the State Department secured Warmbier's release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Tillerson said the department would have no further comment on Warmbier and his condition, citing privacy concerns.

"Take care of Otto", the official quoted Trump telling Tillerson on the call.

North Korean officials had accused Warmbier of subversion.

Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

Warmbier was released after being detained for 17 months.

He had been on a stopover tour in North Korea, en route to Hong Kong, where he was going to study.

Then suddenly, on Monday last week, North Korean representatives contacted American counterparts and told them that the student was in a coma.

As North Korea is known for the systemic violations of human rights, Sen.

"This is a Trump-led effort", one of the sources told the Post.

The logistics were in place by Thursday.

The State Department announced Warmbier's release earlier Tuesday but gave no details on his condition.

Warmbier's release came as former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the increasingly isolated nuclear-armed country where he has previously met leader Kim Jong Un.

If you were like me and woke this morning to the sight of Dennis Rodman wearing a cannabis t-shirt while making another trip to North Korea, don't worry, you were not alone in thinking "What in the hell?" "I think we're very excited yet very prayerful about what is happening because we've heard he is in a coma".

"Otto's detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior", Portman said.

Warmbier has been in a North Korean jail since March 2016 after he went to a staff-only level of the hotel he was staying at on New Year's Eve and attempted to steal a large propaganda poster.

That was used as evidence in his hour-long trial, during which North Korea accused him of committing "hostile acts" against the regime at the urging of a purported member of a church in his home state of OH, a secretive university organization and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Warmbier also said he had been encouraged by the university's "Z Society", which he said he was trying to join.

Warmbier was one of four Americans detained in North Korea.

In the past, North Korea has held out until senior US officials or statesmen came to personally bail out detainees, all the way up to former President Bill Clinton, whose visit in 2009 secured the freedom of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling. In April, an Egyptian court acquitted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker held for almost three years, after Trump raised her case with the Egyptian president.

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