Otto Warmbier, a US tourist, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor by the North Korea Government on March 16, 2016.
He was charged with stealing a propaganda banner in Pyongyang so that he can sell it for a big amount outside the nation.
Warmbier, aged 21 is a junior student at the University of Virginia. He was convicted and sentenced after one hour trial at the North Korean Supreme Court.
Prosecutors successfully proved the subversion charges against him, and as of now, no further details are available due to media restrictions.
Xinhua, China’s official News Agency has confirmed the news of 15-year sentence. According to credible reports, Warmbier was arrested as he prepared to leave Pyongyang this January.
Later, in February, the young man was paraded in front of National media, and North Korea announced that he was charged with stealing political banners.
During that media meet, Otto Warmbier apologized for the crime he committed, and he broke down into tears.
Warmbier made it clear that he took the banner to present it to his friend’s mother who is a church member.
After the statement issue, United States Government has blamed North Korean Government for using Warmer for propaganda purposes.
The United States of America has no diplomatic relationship with North Korea, and as a result, the Swedish Embassy in the nation is providing consular services for US Nationals detained there.
This is the second time that the Kim Jong Un nation is sentencing a North American citizen.
Last year, the Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor for life imprisonment stating sedition charges.
Young Pioneer Tours is the agency which helped Warmbier to reach North Korea, and he was staying at one of the top Hotels.
The U S Government has been strongly opposing their citizens’ from traveling to North Korea, because Kim Jong Un Government believes that western nations are sending spies to overthrow the system.