North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500M

North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500M

North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500M

A federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay $501million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, who died past year after being released from that country.

North Korea did not respond to the lawsuit - Howell's opinion was rendered as a so-called "default judgment" - and the country has no free assets in the United States that the family could make a claim for.

Warmbier's parents announced his death on June 19, 2017, after he was released in what physicians called a comatose medical state of "unresponsive wakefulness" after almost a year and half in captivity in North Korea.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North Korea for "barbaric mistreatment" of Warmbier in agreeing with his family that the isolated nation should be held liable for his death past year.

North Korea had made of the torture, hostage-taking and extrajudicial killing of the 22-Year-old guilty, said Beryl Howell of the district court in Washington on Monday.

When the Warmbiers filed the lawsuit in April, the White House said it was supportive of the action, though was added it was not involved with the case.

As one of the world's most isolated countries, North Korea is believed to have few assets in the United States that could be seized to meet the judgment. Banks in places such as China that conduct business with North Korea could be subject to fines for violating sanctions, he said, and he thinks there are other potential sources of money. An accord with Trump raises the possibility of future USA assistance, which could become entangled by the court-ordered damages. "Looking forward to my next summit with Chairman Kim!"

North Korean officials alleged he conspired with an OH church, along with the Central Intelligence Agency, the motion states.

A U.S. judge has ordered North Korea to pay damages to the family of a student who died in the USA after being released from North Korean custody, yet, behind the scenes, both sides seem to have bigger questions in mind.

". He was blind, deaf, and brain dead when North Korea turned him over to USA government officials for his final trip home". He was pulled away at the Pyongyang airport and charged with crimes against the state for allegedly taking down a poster in support of Kim.

North Korea said Warmbier contracted botulism while in detention, but US doctors found no trace of the illness. He had a shaved head, he had a feeding tube coming out of his nose.

President Donald Trump has said Warmbier did not die in vain and his death helped initiate a process that led to a historic meeting this year between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Based on previously known cases in which North Korea extracted confessions, Warmbier's injuries could have been caused by water-boarding, electric shock, suffocation or pulling his teeth with pliers, Howell said.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman denied that Warmbier had been tortured while in North Korean custody, according to a 2017 report by the country's state-run news agency KCNA.

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