Freed US student `brutalised´ by North Korea captors - father

Tuesday, 27 Jun, 2017

Former North Korea detainee and USA college student Otto Warmbier is in stable condition but has suffered a "severe neurological injury", University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said Thursday.

On Thursday morning, Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto was recently released by North Korea, held a news conference to talk about the issues surrounding the last 18 months in which his son was in the so-called Hermit Kingdom.

The assessment comes after North Korea's state news agency reported the government had released Warmbier on humanitarian grounds.

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son", said Fred Warmbier, who was wearing the same jacket his son wore in Pyongyang in March a year ago when he appeared on TV and confessed to his "crimes" and begged for forgiveness.

Speaking from Cincinnati Medical Center Thursday afternoon doctors treating Otto Warmbier gave an update on his medical condition.

The move comes in the wake of a University of Virginia student succumbing to a coma while detained by North Korean authorities.

In a trial that lasted just one hour, the native of OH was convicted and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

He said he also did not believe North Korea's explanation that the coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill.

'Joseph Yun went to Pyongyang to accompany Mr Warmbier home, ' Thomas Shannon, undersecretary of state for political affairs, told reporters in Seoul Wednesday.

"Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto", he said. He told TIME that Warmbier's return to the US does not exempt North Korea from facing consequences going forward. Fred Warmbier wore the jacket Otto wore during his coerced confession broadcast all over the world during his conviction past year.

The American college student freed by North Korea suffered serious neurological damage during his 17-month detention, his father revealed Thursday. They did not find evidence of broken bones or other physical trauma, and they said Warmbier's brain injury was not consistent with a beating. He offered his thanks to the Trump administration for getting Otto home, saying it was his understanding that the directive to secure Otto's release came from the president.

An American named Otto Warmbier, 22, was released this week by North Korean officials in an bad condition.

They said based on standard coma recovery, they do not believe Warmbier has any conscious awareness.

North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.