"Otto Warmbier's Parents Sue North Korea Claiming He Was 'Brutally Tortured and Murdered'"
...In Cynthia and Fred Warmbier’s complaint, they claim that North Korea forced Otto to falsely “confess” to an act of subversion on behalf of the United States government and tortured him.
They add that North Korea “kept him in detention for a year and a half without allowing him to communicate with his family, and returned him to them in a non-responsive state and brain dead.”
As a result of their son’s “torture and death,” the Warmbiers “have each experienced the loss of their son’s society, companionship, comfort, advice and counsel and have suffered severe mental anguish, extreme emotional distress and solatium damages.”
Fred said in a statement provided to PEOPLE, “Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong Un. Kim and his regime have portrayed themselves as innocent, while they intentionally destroyed our son’s life. This lawsuit is another step in holding North Korea accountable for its barbaric treatment of Otto and our family.”...
...The family’s complaint also addresses Otto’s condition upon his release to the U.S., with his parents claiming he returned home both “blind and deaf.” Otto’s parents claim “they also noticed that his once straight teeth were now misaligned and had been forced into abnormal positions, particularly in the front of his mouth.”