North Korea Finally Releases Imprisoned American Student - He's Reportedly Been In A Coma

The US State Department has finally been able to secure the release of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student who has been imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier was arrested in the country on New Year’s Eve in 2015 for allegedly stealing a hotel poster. He was promptly paraded around for the cameras as if the government had captured some kind of prize, and he was forced to give a tearful press conference at the time of his trial the following March.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, and US officials have been attempting to negotiate his release ever since the bizarre incident took place. Shortly after the trial, Warmbier fell into a coma. North Korean officials claim that he came down with botulism, and that he never woke up after they gave him a sleeping pill. As with the other information that has been provided over his ‘crime,’ that information has been taken with a large grain of salt.

As the Daily Mail reports, the State Department has finally been able to get him medically evacuated back to the US, and the Warmbier family’s nightmare is at least somewhat over.

“We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in North Korea,” a statement from his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, read in part.

Fred would later add to those thoughts while speaking with a news outlet.

“Our son is coming home,” he said. “At the moment, we're just treating this like he's been in an accident. We get to see our son Otto tonight.”

It’s unclear if there are hopes that he will be able to be revived from his coma once he’s back on US soil. Warmbier is not the only US citizen that has been detained in North Korea, and the State Department acknowledges they are working through those cases as well.

“The Department of State continues to have discussions with the DPRK regarding three other US citizens reported detained. Out of respect for the privacy of Mr. Warmbier and his family, we have no further comment on Mr. Warmbier,” a statement read in part.

The release of Warmbier coincides with a visit to North Korea by former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has some kind of bizarre kinship with the country’s regime. Rodman has made three trips to the nation thus far, and his latest trip is being sponsored by a company called PotCoin, which bills itself as a “community-based cryptocurrency for legalized marijuana.”

Nothing says community like the exchange of unverified currency for mood-altering substances. Rodman was reached for comments about his trip, and inquiring minds wanted to know if he had spoken to President Donald Trump before making his latest trek.

“Well, I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy with the fact that I'm over here trying to accomplish something that we both need,” he said.

Alrighty then. We’ll hope that the Warmbiers can find some semblance of peace now that their son is home, and also hope that he makes a speedy recovery and awakes from his coma.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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