News is still swarming in, but what we do know right now is that North Korea has just released UVA Theta Chi Otto Warmbier. Get caught up on Otto’s story here.
Otto Warmbier, an American college student jailed in North Korea, has been released, according to his parents.
“He is being medivacked to the US. The brutalization and terrorism the North Koreans have put upon Otto and the Warmbier family have ended. Thank God,” they told CNN.
Warmbier was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang on his way home from a visit to the reclusive country.
It’s being widely reported that Otto is currently in a coma, the likes of which he has allegedly been in for around one year (widely known as being a long-ass and scary amount of time for one to remain in a coma). It’s not yet been confirmed whether the coma 1) exists, 2) was medically-induced by the North Koreans, or 3) was entered into by Otto in the apple orchards wherein he was reportedly serving out his sentence of 15 years hard labor.
What also is yet to be confirmed is former NBA star, random diplomat, and noted “Fun Dip as shampoo” advocate Dennis Rodman’s role in bringing Otto back to America in one piece.
The news of Warmbier’s release comes the same day as basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang for an expected four-night visit.
When asked if he would bring up the cases of Warmbier and three other Americans detained in North Korea, Rodman told reporters, “That’s not my purpose right now … My purpose is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea.”
We will be vigilantly updating this story as more confirmed information becomes publicly known..
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