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TOKYO — University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma after being detained for 17 months, his parents told The Washington Post on Tuesday.
Warmbier, 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, after a stop at a U.S. military facility near Sapporo, Japan.
The family said they were informed that North Korean officials had told American envoys that Warmbier became ill with botulism sometime after his March, 2016, trial in North Korea, where he was serving a 15-year-sentence for “hostile acts against the state.”
Warmbier's exact condition was not known, but his parents said they were told he had contracted botulism soon after his trial and had been given a sleeping pill, from which he has yet to awaken. What actually happened to Warmbier and why he fell into a coma, though, may be more disturbing. The New York Times, citing an unnamed senior American official, said the U.S. received intelligence reports in recent weeks that Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten and there were concerns in Washington that the beatings had killed him. Top U.S. officials were quick to express revulsion at North Korea’s
originally posted by: TinySickTears
a reply to: EchoesInTime
yeah if beaten and tortured that sucks for sure.
what are we(the states) really supposed to do when a citizen is on foreign soil and breaks their rules?
trying to look at this objectively.
when you are on their field it is their ballgame.
not saying it is right but i have to think when you go visit a place like that you have to know some crazy # could happen.