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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea Releases US Citizen Otto Warmbier

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just announced that North Korea has officially released American Otto Warmbier, who was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

Tillerson says that Warmbier is “on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. ”

CNN points out:
Warmbier was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while on his way home. His parents say the University of Virginia student had been on a tour of the reclusive country.
North Korean authorities said they had security footage of him trying to steal a banner containing a political slogan that was hanging from the walls of his Pyongyang hotel.
That was used as evidence in his hour-long trial, during which North Korea accused him of committing “hostile acts” against the regime at the urging of a purported member of a church in his home state of Ohio, a secretive university organization and the CIA.
Warmbier was found guilty and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years hard labor. It was the last time he was seen publicly.
“Otto’s detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior. Otto should have been released from the start,” said US Sen. Rob Portman, who represents Warmbier’s home state of Ohio. “Fred, Cindy, and the Warmbier family have been remarkably strong throughout this ordeal. Over the last 18 months, they have had to endure more than any family should have to bear.”

Tillerson mentioned that the State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Donald Trump.

But what there was little mention of, is that sadly, Warbier is and has been in a coma since March of 2016.

According to sources

“Otto has left North Korea. He is on Medivac flight on his way home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only one week ago,” said Fred and Cindy Warmbier in a statement.
“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 that he will finally be with people who love him.”

Tillerson says the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.

Please keep this man and his family in your prayers at this difficult time.

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