Monday, June 19, 2017

NORTH KOREA - Freed Student in Coma

"U.S. college student freed from North Korea after falling into extended coma" PBS NewsHour 6/13/2017


SUMMARY:  Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American college student, has been medically evacuated under desperate circumstances after being detained in North Korea.  North Korean authorities arrested Otto, who is now comatose, almost 18 months ago during a trip to the reclusive nation and sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for taking a poster.  Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Now to the release of Otto Warmbier from captivity in North Korea.

The American college student was arrested almost 18 months ago during a trip to the reclusive nation, and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

This morning came word suddenly that the United States had secured his release, but under apparently desperate circumstances.  Warmbier is comatose, and has been for a year.  An American delegation in Pyongyang petitioned for his immediate release yesterday.

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