WP: the DPRK released American student is in a coma
Otto Frederick Wambier is in a coma more than a year, writes the Washington Post, citing parents of the young man.
WASHINGTON, June 13. /Offset. TASS Anatoly Bochinin/. American student, 22-year-old Otto Frederick Wambier that was previously released by the authorities of the DPRK, is in a coma. This was reported by the Washington Post, citing parents of the young man.
According to the newspaper, Wambier will be evacuated through U.S. military base in Sapporo in Japan, after which he delivered in his native city of Cincinnati (Ohio). Moreover, according to the newspaper, we are talking about medical evacuation. “Wambier is in a coma for more than a year since his last public appearance during a court session in Pyongyang in March 2016”, — stated in the text.
“We are treating this as if it was an accident. This evening we will see our son Otto,” said his father Fred Wambier.
In 2016, Wambier was sentenced by the Supreme court of the DPRK to 15 years of imprisonment with punishment serving in a corrective labor colony. He was accused of trying “to undermine the unity of the Korean people”. The student arrived in the DPRK on 25 December 2015 from Beijing as part of a tour group. January 1 night, as it was established, he made his way to the premises intended for foreign tourists hotels and ripped from the wall posted there Korean political poster. Wambier pleaded guilty.
June 13, U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson announced that the state Department has secured the release of American.
The Department is also working on the return of the three other U.S. citizens, which is supposed to be held in the DPRK.
The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations. Between the two countries for many years tensions. The interests of Washington in Pyongyang represents the Embassy of Sweden.