The trial of arrested US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (L) at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. Picture: AFP
The trial of arrested US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (L) at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. Picture: AFP

New bombshell theory on Otto’s death

OTTO Warmbier, the US student who was imprisoned in North Korea and died six days after returning to America, may have attempted to take his own life.

That is the bombshell claim from a new report in GQ magazine by Doug Bock Clark who accuses US President Donald Trump of promoting the torture stance to justify his tough stance against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Author Doug Bock Clark. Picture: Twitter
Author Doug Bock Clark. Picture: Twitter

 

Warmbier was arrested for stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15-years hard labour during a North Korean tour in January 2016

When he was returned to the US on June 13, 2017 he was in a vegetative state and had brain damage. He died six days later.

North Korea blamed his state on food poisoning but Bock Clark, who studied the case for six months, says a report by Dr Lakshmi Kode Sammarco found Warmbier's brain had been damaged on both sides, indicating that it had been starved of oxygen rather than hurt by an impact to the head.

The report also found no significant scars, and found his teeth were "natural and in good repair".

Bock Clark states that while Mr Trump used Warmbier's case in his State of the Union address in January, when he met with Kim in June, he didn't even mention the US student's torture because the case had "outlived its usefulness".

Fred and Cindy Warmbier maintain that their son was tortured.

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