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North Korea presents detained American to media

North Korea Has Presented A Detained American Student Before Media In Pyongyang. The Student, Otto Warmbier, Acknowledged And Apologised In A Conference Attended By The Media And Some Members Of The Diplomatic Community Today For Stealing A Political Slogan From A Staff-only Section Of The Hotel Where He Had Been Staying.

PTI | Updated on: 29 Feb 2016, 10:10:45 AM


North Korea has presented a detained American student before media in Pyongyang. The student, Otto Warmbier, acknowledged and apologised in a conference attended by the media and some members of the diplomatic community today for stealing a political slogan from a staff-only section of the hotel where he had been staying.

Pyongyang calls that an anti-state crime. He said he took it as a trophy for a church that offered to pay him for it. North Korea announced late last month that it had arrested the 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student.

It said that after entering the country as a tourist he conducted an anti-state crime with “the tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation.” Former detainees often recant such admissions after their Release.

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First Published : 29 Feb 2016, 10:07:00 AM