US Tourist in Korea Sentenced To 15 Years Hard Labor

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)

Just for attempting to steal a propaganda banner from a hotel!   What if he had stolen a pillow?   

North Korea – not the most desirable tourist destination – unless you’re prepared for a very long stay.

The Telegraph reports:   North Korea has sentenced an American student to 15 years’ hard labor 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.

The lengthy term handed to Mr Warmbier, who is from Wyoming, Ohio, was likely a measure of the growing antagonism from Pyongyang towards its adversaries.

Last year, a South Korean-Canadian pastor was arrested in the North and handed a life sentence for subversion. Another two Americans are currently detained in the country.

(Read more at Telegraph)



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