Studenten Otto Warmbier, som kom hjem som en grønnsak etter halvannet år i nordkoreansk fengsel, døde mandag ettermiddag. Foreldrene er bitre og lettet. Å leve uten hjerne er ikke noe liv.
Behandlingen av Warmbier kan komme til å koste Nord-Korea. Den har gjort dypt inntrykk på amerikanerne. Hvem ødelegger et ungt menneske på den måten, ved å ødelegge hjernen?
“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” his family said in the statement, released by the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Otto Warmbier, 22, who visited the communist regime as part of a tour group, was seized by North Korean officials on Jan. 2, 2016, before his flight was supposed to take off from Pyongyang. He was paraded before cameras the next month for a tearful «confession,» admitting he took down a banner that was hanging in the hall of his hotel. «I made the worst mistake of my life,» he said.
North Korea claimed the student took the poster as a «hostile act» to disturb DPRK unity at the behest of the CIA, a college group and a church in his home state of Ohio. He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor and reportedly fell into a coma shortly after his sentence began.
«It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,» the student’s parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a statement. «Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.»
Det kan være foreldrene og legene nå vil stå friere til å si hva som har skjedd med gutten. Legene var tydelig brydd da de la frem resultatene sist uke.