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Thousands attend funeral for Otto Warmbier

Thousands attend funeral for Otto Warmbier
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The American student who was arrested in North Korea for trying to steal apiece of propaganda, died shortly after his release.


Thousands have attended the funeral of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after slipping into a coma while in prison in North Korea.

More than 2,500 friends and family members came to the service at the 22-year-old’s former school in Ohio before his burial at a nearby cemetary.

His death after 17 months in custody in the secretive state has heightened tensions between the US and North Korea.

The student was arrested last year for stealing a piece of propaganda from his hotel on an organised tour of the country.

He broke down in tears during his sham trial and was forced to read a confession on state television.

The North Korean version of events was that he contracted botulism, a rare disease, and slipped into a coma after being given a sleeping pill.

Although some believe he died as a result of torture at the hands of his captors, we may never know what caused Otto Warmbier’s death.

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