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USA student dies days after North Korea sent him home comatose

20 Juin 2017

He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The family's statement noted that the "tortuous mistreatment" he received "at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today".

The 22-year-old student from the University of Virginia has been in a state of coma for more than a year after contracting botulism soon after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a trial by the DPRK supreme court on March 16, 2016, according to USA local media.

Trump lashed out at Pyongyang following news of his death.

"This horrendous situation further underscores the evil, oppressive nature of the North Korean regime that has such disregard for human life", Ohio Governor John Kasich said.

"Bad things happened but at least we got him home to his parents".

"The inhumanity of the North Korean regime has been known to the world for decades".

Otto Warmbier, who was medically evacuated from North Korea to his OH home last week, had been in a coma. The young man returned home in a coma having sustained "severe injuries to all regions of the brain", according to the medical professionals tasked with his care.

It's not clear how long he had been in a coma or what triggered it, though doctors said they did not find signs of physical trauma.

Doctors said he suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs. Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings. He says Warbier's treatment by North Korea "could be a crime against humanity".

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Hodgkinson's neighbors in Belleville said they can't believe someone from their sleepy little town would do something like that. Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey suffered a minor injury and was treated and released.

A Washington-based rights group tied Warmbier's fate to many others "starved, tortured, brutalized and killed in North Korea's political prison camps".

At the time of Warmbier's release, a White House official said Joseph Yun, the USA envoy on North Korea, had met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway the previous month.

Yun learned about Warmbier's condition in a meeting a week before the release from the North Korean ambassador at the NY.

Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the United States last Tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year.

"Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing". The family said he looked uncomfortable and anguished after arriving June 13 but his countenance later changed. Later, shortly after his return to OH, "the countenance of his face changed - he was at peace", the statement added.

"While Otto Warmbier's memory will always be a blessing to his loved ones, it will also serve as an incredible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship", she added.

With Warmbier's release, North Korea holds three USA citizens, all of Korean origin. "Countless innocent men and women have died at the hands of the North Korean criminals, but the singular case of Otto Warmbier touches the American heart like no other", Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement. "There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result", China-based Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement.

The three Americans now in captivity in North Korea are Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak Song.

USA student dies days after North Korea sent him home comatose