North Korea jails US tourist for 15 years after he attempted to steal a propaganda banner

by Neil Connor  |  published on March 17, 2016

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. North Korea's highest court sentenced Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, from Wyoming, Ohio, to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. He allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request of an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

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.

  • maxx

    Wow I expected not much sympathy for this fool, but it seems unanimous. I wonder what his college major is/was. Most likely Journalism or some other stupid “social” subject. Certainly not some actually valuable career path of a person with some “common sense”. A tourist to North Korea? That sounds really stupid. Who did he think he was Dennis Rodman?

  • delbert chaudoin

    What was he doing in NORTH Korea, anyway? As Walter, Jeff Dunham’s puppet, says, “Dumb Ass!”

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  • Elessar

    Sorry kid, you’re no Dennis Rodman. He must be a progressive, who else could possibly be so stupid??

  • reggie

    Leave him there. Maybe he’ll grow up, learn how to read, and comprehend the simple fact that some behaviors are not acceptable. And, learn that every action has a corresponding reaction.

  • TrueRedWhiteandBlue

    He should have done his homework before going to North Korea. I have no sympathy for him. A friend wanted to hang the banner in her church? Wonder what kind of church that is.

  • Briylaln

    Wonder if he’s found his safe space yet

    • reggie

      Time to put his big boy pants on, isn’t it.

    • delbert chaudoin

      No, but I bet he will meet a lot of new “Friends” over the next fifteen years.

  • metheoldsarge

    I don’t feel the least bit sorry for this abnormally stupid idiot.

  • Rodney Steward

    Had no business there anyway, and these brainwashed millennials are going to learn, in America they can act like an idiot and it’s PC, and in other countries you do as you’re told! But I’m sure a lot of money will be involved in this case! He should be left to rot!!

    • The Redhawk

      This “KID” really studied ” DUMBASS” Phylosophy

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