Evidence inconclusive on Otto Warmbier being tortured in North Korea: Coroner

29 September, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Otto Warmbier

On Tuesday, Mr Trump claimed the student had been "tortured beyond belief" after Mr Warmbier's parents said their son was "on his death bed when he came home to the US" in an interview on Fox News.

The University of Virginia student, 22, was sentenced to 15 years in a labour camp for allegedly taking a poster while on an organised tour of the hermit state in 2016.

The 22-year-old died six days after he being released on medical grounds and transported back to the USA, following six months in North Korean custody.

North Korea said he contracted botulism shortly after being sentenced, but USA doctors have disputed this.

Fred described entering the plane carrying Warmbier, saying they were horrified to hear him making a "howling involuntary, inhuman sound".

The coroner's report contradicts statements made by the United States student's parents in a TV interview with Fox on Tuesday.

North Korea has denied torturing Warmbier during his stay, even calling itself a "victim" in the devastating ordeal. "We don't know. We don't have enough information about what happened" Sammarco concluded, adding that no definite conclusions could be drawn without knowing what had happened in the first instance.

"The teeth are natural and in good fix", while his nose and ears show "no remarkable adjustment", according to the report.

Fred said his son was blind and deaf. "This pattern of brain injury however is usually seen as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest where the blood supply to the brain is inadequate ... resulting in the death of brain tissue", medical centre doctors said at the time.

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"Trump and his clique, for their anti-DPRK propaganda, are exploiting the death of Otto Warmbier", the Korean Central News Agency argued Thursday.

She said her office performed an external examination, went through extensive medical imaging and conducted a post-mortem CT scan of Otto's body.

"I felt very comfortable that there wasn't any evidence of trauma [to the teeth or jawbone]", she said.

"Great interview on [Fox and Friends] with the parents of Otto Warmbier: 1994-2017", he tweeted Tuesday morning.

North Korea accused the USA of "luring and pushing" Otto Warmbier into breaking the country's laws, the foreign ministry said in a statement. They tortured him. They intentionally injured him.

"The fact that the U.S.is employing even a dead person for the conspiracy campaign to fuel the global atmosphere of putting pressure on (North Korea) shows how vile and inveterate the hostility of the USA policy-makers towards (North Korea) is", the unidentified spokesman said in a statement.

Warmbier's parents could not be reached for comment on the coroner's report.

Sammarco said she agreed with UC Health system doctors who treated Warmbier and said they found no evidence of botulism.

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