Otto Warmbier’s family files lawsuit against North Korea

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FILE – In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, June 19, his family […]

(WCMH) – The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a lawsuit against North Korea, alleging that North Korea violated international law.

Otto Warmbier died last year after he was tortured in a North Korean labor camp.

Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student from Ohio, was forced to confess to an “act of subversion on behalf of the United States government,” the lawsuit said, and was subsequently held in brutal conditions for a year and a half until he was returned to his parents in a coma. Warmbier died soon after he returned to the U.S, NBC News reported.

Upon filing, Fred Warmbier said of his son’s treatment in a statement: “Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong Un. Kim and his regime have portrayed themselves as innocent, while they intentionally destroyed our son’s life. This lawsuit is another step in holding North Korea accountable for its barbaric treatment of Otto and our family.”

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