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Released student’s family adjusts to a different reality

The father of an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma says the family is "adjusting to a different reality", writes Dake Kang for Associated Press.

Fred Warmbier told Fox News's Tucker Carlson last week that his son, Otto, was "terrorised and brutalised" during his 17-month detention and has been in a coma for more than a year. "The day after he was sentenced, he went into a coma," the father said in an interview scheduled to air last Thursday night. He said he and his wife, Cindy, only learned of their son's condition the week before last.

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and arrived in Cincinnati last week. He was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labour in North Korea after he tearfully confessed that he tried to steal a propaganda banner while visiting the country. Such detentions in the totalitarian nation have added to tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Three Americans remain in custody.
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