US College Student Otto Warmbier, has been released from North Korean prison where he was tried and imprisoned for more than a year. The US secretary of state said the 22-year-old was on his way home to the US.
He was arrested by the North Korean authorities on charges for trying to swipe a souvenir from a hotel.
As per Otto Warmbier parents, he has been in coma since shortly after his trial in March 2016. Despite his pleas, the college student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. In a post-trial video released to the world, Warmbier, under obvious duress, praised his captors for his treatment and for handling of the case “fair and square.”
Otto Warmbier is an economics graduate from the University of Virginia, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was in North Korea as a tourist with Young Pioneer Tours when he was arrested on 2 January 2016.
Offlate North Korean has been changing the policy of releasing the American citizens that it detains, In the Past North Korea generally quickly released any American citizens it detained – waiting at most for a U.S. official or statesman to come and to personally bail out detainees.
It was reported earlier that Otto contracted an illness that causes paralysis which ultimately led to coma.