Editor’s Note: Obviously this is a ridiculous draconian sentence, but maybe this will send a message to arrogant American tourists who think they can act like buffoons and miscreants in other peoples’ countries. I think the North Koreans should have just ejected him from the country, or forced him to make a video denouncing America as the ‘Great Satan’ and then shipped him to Siberia to live with wolves.
Otto Warmbier will serve 15 years hard labour in a North Korean prison after allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda banner from a hotel last year
North Korea has sentenced an American student to 15 years’ hard labour for crimes against the state after he tearfully admitted that he tried to steal a propaganda banner from a hotel.
Otto Warmbier was arrested as he attempted to leave the country in January and later made a televised “confession” saying that he had taken the sign to bring back a “trophy”.
North Korean state news agency KCNA said the 21-year-old’s offence was “pursuant to the US government’s hostile policy” and that he was convicted under an article of the criminal code dealing with subversion.
The University of Virginia student who had visited the isolated state as a tourist, had said during his confession that he had tried to steal the banner for an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church.
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