U.S. student Otto Frederick Warmbier has died after being sent home from North Korea in a coma last week. Warmbier was arrested while visiting the dictatorship as a tourist, yet president at the time Obama did nothing to secure his release.
The University of Virginia student was detained in January 2016 for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime and trying to steal a propaganda poster. Two months later, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a public trial.
“The awful torturous mistreatment of our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” read a statement by the family.
The statement showed that Warmbier died on Monday in the presence with his family. He “has completed his journey home,” it said.
As reported by the Daily Caller:
He was released last week, but he returned home in a coma, a condition the North Koreans had kept secret.
Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the young student was receiving treatment, revealed that Warmbier had been in a coma for over a year and suffered “severe injuries to all regions of the brain.”