The American student released recently from North Korea has reportedly been in a coma for more than a year, according to his parents.
The parents of Otto Warmbier — who had been sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor — said in a statement Tuesday that their son has left North Korea.
North Korea’s high court last year sentenced Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, to 15 years in prison with hard labor after he tearfully said in a videotaped “confession” that he had tried to steal a political banner.
The court held that Warmbier had committed a crime “pursuant to the U.S. government’s hostile policy toward [the North], in a bid to impair the unity of its people after entering it as a tourist.”