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Otto Warmbier: North Korea denies mistreating U.S. student

Otto Warmbier: North Korea denies mistreating U.S. student”

Thousands of family members, friends and supporters of Otto Warmbier have gathered in Cincinnati to say goodbye to the American student who died days after returning to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

North Korea claimed Friday that it doesn't know why American college student Otto Warmbier's health was so poor that after months of imprisonment he ended up dying - and said it even revived him after his "heart was almost stopped".

Warmbier's parents claimed that USA doctors said that Warmbier had a significant amount of brain damage, which could be chalked up to "awful torturous mistreatment" that he may have endured during his imprisonment in North Korea.

A UNIVERSITY of DE professor in the United States is under fire for saying that the college student who died after being held prisoner in North Korea "got exactly what he deserved".

But the doctors who examined him after his return disputed the botulism claim and said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in his brain. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison in North Korea in March 2016.

But the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Friday said that Warmbier was treated in accordance with domestic law.

The dictatorship denied torturing 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who had been serving hard labour in North Korea after being accused of stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel. However, North Korea is now saying that they are the real victim in all this.

The North Koreans had told United States officials that Warmbier slipped in a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. But I mourn with them, and I pray for them.

But later in the day, they said the family objected to an autopsy being performed on his body, so just an external exam was done.

Warmbier was released earlier in June with severe neurological trauma after months spent in a coma.

Warmbier was traveling in North Korea with a tour group.

Warmbier was sent back to the U.S.in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, according to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Human Rights Watch said Warmbier's death "after being abused in North Korean custody" proved the regime was willing to "brutalise and kill to maintain their hold on power".

More than 2,500 family, friends and well-wishers gathered for his funeral in OH on Thursday. "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident", he said, calling the accusations of abuse "groundless".



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