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Judge Orders North Korea Pay $500 Million To Warmbier

Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 14:23:12-05

CINCINNATI (WCPO) — A U.S. judge said North Korea must pay the family of Otto Warmbier about $500 million for the 22-year-old’s death, our news partners at WCPO report.

Warmbier died days after being flown back to Cincinnati from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned for 17 months. His parents filed a wrongful death suit against the nation.

The judge ruled in their favor ordering  North Korea to pay more than $21 million to Warmbier’s estate in compensatory damages and $150 million in punitive damages, as well as pay $15 million in compensatory damages and $150 million in punitive damages to each of Otto’s parents.

A representative from the regime did not appear in court.