North Korea denies torturing or mistreatment of Otto Warmbier

North Korea denies torturing or mistreatment of Otto Warmbier

The 22-year-old died days after being returned to the US in a coma (Credit: (Twitter @LuvMyLife____)

Friday, June 23, 2017

North Korea has officially denied it tortured or mistreating Otto Warmbier. 

The American student died days after being released from custody in the country. He was imprisoned and serving a sentence of hard labour after he was found guilty of stealing a propaganda image.

He had been in a coma, with reports saying the reason being a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause, and had been released for "humanitarian" reasons. 

His family released a statement to pin the responsibility for his death firmly on the regime in Pyongyang. 

However, an article published by the Korean Central News Agency firmly denied it mistreated or tortured the University of Virginia student. 

The regime maintains Warmbier was treated in accordance to domestic law and international standards. 

Despite this, the statement has not provided details on the quality of treatment he was given under detention, or what might have caused him to become comatose.