2017-06-13 16:26:53 UTC
Updated | Otto Warmbier, an American sentenced to 15 years hard labor by North Korea for alleged “anti-state acts” has been released. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Tuesday morning that 22-year-old Warmbier was on his way back to the U.S. to be reunited with his family.
Warmbier has apparently been in a coma since shortly after his trial, according to the Washington Post. He was sentenced in March 2016. A statement from Otto's parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier, dated June 13 stated: "Otto is on a Medivac on his flight home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March 2016. We learned of this only one week ago. We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in North Korea. We are so grateful he can finally be with people who love him."
Warmbier allegedly came down with a case of botulism after his trial, and was given a sleeping pill from which he never woke up.
More of the backstory on this can be read at the link above.