Otto Warmbier

Otto Frederick Warmbier (December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was a college student from the United States who was detained in North Korea in 2016.

He was freed by North Korea in a vegetative state in June 2017 and died soon after.

On June 13, 2017, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the release of Otto Warmbier, a US university student who had been held hostage in North Korea since January 2016.

North Korea Ordered to Pay $501M for Death of Otto Warmbier

In 2018, a federal judge smacked North Korea with a $501 million judgment in the death of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student held captive for a year and a half.

Otto Frederick Warmbier, centre, a University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea since early January 2016 is taken to North Korea’s top court in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo on March 16, 2016. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo

The judgment came less than a week after Warmbier’s parents, brother, and sister spoke for hours before Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell.

Economic losses, medical expenditures, and $450 million in punitive damages are included in the $501 million judgement, with $150 million going to Warmbier’s estate and his mother and father, Cynthia and Fred.

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