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North Korea frees jailed US student in 'coma'

14 Jun 2017
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 Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall in a North Korean hotel during a visit.  (Photo: AP) Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall in a North Korean hotel during a visit. (Photo: AP)

Officials could not immediately confirm US media reports that Mr Warmbier has fallen into a coma during his incarceration.

Washington: North Korea has released 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier from a 15-year sentence of hard labour, officials said on Tuesday, as former US basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang.

Secretary of state Rex Tillerson confirmed the release, and said Washington remains in talks with the isolated regime “regarding three other US citizens reported detained.”

Officials could not immediately confirm US media reports that Mr Warmbier has fallen into a coma during his incarceration.

Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall in a North Korean hotel during a visit. 

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