Otto Warmbier: Judge awards family $500M in North Korea lawsuit

CINCINNATI — The family of Otto Warmbier, the Ohio man who died after being imprisoned in North Korea, has been awarded $500 million in a lawsuit against the country.  Citing the isolated nation’s “barbaric mistreatment of Otto,” the federal judge said parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier of Wyoming, Ohio, provided evidence North Korea had taken him hostage and tortured their son. She said the country “deliberately caused Otto’s brain damage, which resulted in his death.”

The opinion from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell opened with an anguished quote from Cindy Warmbier after Otto’s return to the United States in June 2017: “What the heck did you do to my kid?”

In a statement Monday, the Warmbier family said they are “thankful that the United States has a fair and open judicial system so that the world can see that the Kim (Jong Un) regime is legally and morally responsible for Otto’s death.”

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