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North Korea tortured and 'destroyed' prisoner Otto Warmbier, parents say

North Korea tortured and 'destroyed' prisoner Otto Warmbier, parents say”

North Korea's accusations follows a coroner report in which the American student was found to have died from a lack of oxygen to his brain - though the exact cause of his death was hard to pin down.

The american student Otto Warmbier, who died in June a week after his repatriation to North Korea in a coma, did not show obvious signs of torture, said Wednesday a medical examiner in Ohio.

President Trump tweeted following the interview, which was the first the parents had given since their son's death.

However, in a report dated 11 September, Sammarco's office concluded that the victim had been starved of oxygen as a result of "an unknown insult more than a year prior to death", the Associated Press reported.

Mystery surrounds the death of Otto Warmbier after a coroner said his body showed few signs of torture.

The University of Virginia student, 22, was sentenced to 15 years in a labour camp for allegedly taking a poster while on an organised tour of the hermit state in 2016. Doctors there said he arrived in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and had suffered a "severe neurological injury" of uncertain cause.

During their appearances on and earlier this week, Fred and Cindy Warmbier as "totally deformed" when he came home from North Korea. Otto's body was described as "well-developed, well-nourished" and his teeth were reportedly in good condition.

They added that Otto blind and deaf and that he was "jerking violently" on a stretcher on his return to the US.

The comments came after an OH county coroner had determined Mr Warmbier had died from a lack of oxygen to the brain.

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He said it remained to be seen what the ultimate impact of Mr Warmbier's death would be on the unfolding crisis, as tensions between the regime and the U.S. continue unabated.

Dr Sammarco conducted an external examination and scans of Mr Warmbier's body - his parents refused a post-mortem.

Speaking of the moment they were renunited with their son, Cindy Warmbier said: "We thought he was in a coma, but you couldn't call it a coma".

In response to a question at the news conference, the coroner said there was no evidence of trauma to Warmbier's teeth nor was there evidence of broken bones.

Cindy told Fox & Friends that they were optimistic that Otto would "get the best care and love" upon his return to the us that he would come out of his coma, but they soon found out that their son's injuries were much worse than they could imagine.

However, the coroner's report says, "the teeth are natural and in good fix".

Sammarco said her office respected those wishes and had also determined that a full autopsy would tell them little they could not tell by other means.

Many on Twitter were confused about the report but felt something must have happened to cause his condition and death while in North Korea. They purposefully and intentionally injured Otto'.



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