Otto Warmbier Was ‘Brutalized and Terrorized’ in North Korea, Father ‘Fred Warmbier’ says
The father of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who was released from North Korea, said on Thursday that his son was “brutalized and terrorized” during 18 months of imprisonment, after the North said it had freed him on “humanitarian grounds.”
Speaking in a news conference at the local high school, the father, Fred Warmbier, also praised the administration of President Trump for working to free his son. He also made clear his displeasure with the administration of former President Barack Obama, whose officials, he said, had advised the family to stay quiet and lay low so as not to antagonize the North Korea.
“The result speak for themselves,” Mr. Warmbier said. He said Mr. Trump called him Wednesday night and told him, “We worked hard, and I’m sorry this is the outcome.”
The younger Mr. Warmbier, an honors student at the University of Virginia who grew up in this small city adjacent to Cincinnati, is being evaluated by doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said that he was in stable condition, with a “severe neurological injury.”