Otto Warmbier „bereut“ Bannerfrevel in Pjöngjanger Schauprozeß am 29. Februar 2016. – Random screenshot superimposition (repentant indicted & courtroom audience) made over with PS

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Otto Warmbier „bereut“ Bannerfrevel in Pjöngjanger Schauprozeß am 29. Februar 2016. – Random screenshot superimposition (repentant indicted & courtroom audience) made over with PS
Otto Warmbier (December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American college student who, while visiting North Korea as a tourist in January 2016, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel lobby. The United States made diplomatic efforts to seek Warmbier’s release.
Warmbier fell into a coma in prison and was released in June 2017, after nearly 18 months there. According to North Korean authorities, Warmbier’s coma was a result of botulism and a sleeping pill, but U.S. physicians cast doubt on that claim. Warmbier arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13 and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for immediate evaluation and treatment. He was diagnosed with "severe neurological injury." His father has said that he was "terrorized and brutalized."
Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, six days after his return to the United States, where some U.S. officials blamed North Korea for his death.

Warmbier traveled to North Korea for a five-day New Year’s tour of the country organized by Young Pioneer Tours. Ten other U.S. citizens were in his tour group. During his stay at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, Warmbier allegedly tried to steal a propaganda sign from a staff-only floor of the hotel, supposedly as a souvenir.
The poster stated, "Let’s arm ourselves strongly with Kim Jong-il’s patriotism!". Harming such items with the name or image of a North Korean leader is considered a serious crime by the government.
A video purporting to show the theft was released by state-run Korean Central News Agency on March 18, 2016. In the 18-second low-resolution video, an unrecognizable figure removes the sign from the wall and places it on the floor, leaning it against the wall. This action is shown twice, followed by a higher-resolution picture of the sign on the wall. The face of the person removing the poster is not seen during the video clip.
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Als Warmbier am Flughafen abgeführt wurde, lächelte er noch Von Marie von der Tann, 20. Juni 2017

Fußballkapitän, Rap-Experte, Musterstudent: Otto Warmbier war eine Ausnahmepersönlichkeit, sagen die, die ihn kannten. Seine Eltern wenden sich nur wenige Stunden nach seinem Tod an die Öffentlichkeit.

„Es wäre einfach, sich in einem Moment wie diesem auf das alles zu konzentrieren, was wir verloren haben“, schreibt die Familie Otto Warmbiers nur wenige Stunden nach seinem Tod. „Eine Zukunft mit einem warmen, engagierten, brillanten jungen Mann, dessen Neugier und Enthusiasmus keine Grenzen kannten“, wird es nun nicht mehr geben.

Doch sie bleiben tapfer. Um 14.20 Uhr Ortszeit ist Otto Warmbier am Montag im Kreise seiner Familie gestorben. Fred und Cindy verloren ihren erst 22 Jahre alten Sohn. „Wir haben beschlossen, uns über die Zeit zu freuen, die wir mit dieser bemerkenswerten Person verbringen durften“, sagen sie.

„Sie haben im Universitätsklinikum von Cincinnati für Otto alles getan, was sie konnten. Nur leider ließen die schrecklichen Foltermisshandlungen, die unser Sohn in den Händen Nordkoreas erleben musste, keinen anderen Ausgang zu, als jenen traurigen, den wir heute erleben mussten.“

„Auch wenn wir nie wieder seine Stimme gehört haben, binnen einem Tag ist sein Gesichtsausdruck verändert gewesen.“ Er habe Frieden geschlossen, sagen sie. „Otto war zu Hause, wir glauben, dass er das fühlen konnte.“

Beachtliche Mengen an Hirngewebe verloren

Für die Familie steht fest: Warmbier ist schlussendlich an den Folgen von Folter und Misshandlung gestorben. Die Ärzte sind mit ihrem Urteil vorsichtiger, sagen nur so viel: Es sei bisher keine Ursache für die schweren Gehirnverletzungen auszumachen.

Nach Nordkoreas Darstellung fiel Warmbier wegen einer Nahrungsmittelvergiftung und einer Schlaftablette ins Koma. Die Ärzte in Cincinnati fanden keine Anzeichen für eine Nahrungsmittelvergiftung, aber auch keine Beweise für Schläge.

Pjöngjang ließ den 22-Jährigen vergangene Woche nach 15 Monaten aus „humanitären Gründen“ frei. Er traf am Dienstagabend in Ohio per Krankentransport ein. Warmbier lag zu diesem Zeitpunkt wahrscheinlich schon länger im Koma.

Nach einer Untersuchung in Cincinnati erklärten die Mediziner, der Student habe beachtliche Mengen an Hirngewebe verloren, Muskeln, Arme und Beine seien schwach. Warmbier öffnete zwar seine Augen und blinzelte, ohne jedoch offenbar sein Umfeld wahrzunehmen oder verbale Kontakte zu verstehen.

Feuer und Flamme für eine Reise nach Nordkorea

Die Anteilnahme am Schicksal des Studenten ist groß. Er war beliebt, schon in der Schule Kapitän des Fußballteams, ein Experte in Untergrund-Rap-Musik, modeinteressiert und wirtschaftsaffin. Ein Musterstudent mit Stipendium und Spitzenleistungen, der vor allem persönlich sehr geschätzt wurde.

„Otto hat das Beste aus den Menschen gemacht“, so ein ehemaliger Lehrer gegenüber der „Washington Post“. „Er war einer von denen, die es auf dieser Welt nicht genug gibt.“

Wenn sein Leben normal verlaufen wäre, hätte der 22-Jährige in diesem Monat mit dem Studium an der Universität von Virginia begonnen. In seinem dritten Collegejahr wollte Warmbier in China studieren. Als er erfuhr, dass es dort Reiseagenturen gibt, die Trips nach Nordkorea anbieten, war er Feuer und Flamme. Seine Eltern hatten keine Einwände. So buchte Otto eine fünftägige Tour für Ende Dezember 2015.

In Nordkorea musste sich der US-Student vor Gericht verantworten, weil er ein Propagandaplakat aus dem Hotelzimmer gestohlen haben soll. Warmbier wurde am Flughafen auf dem Weg zurück nach China am 2. Januar 2016 aus der Warteschlange geholt, wie ein Mitglied seiner Reisegruppe, der Brite Danny Gratton, der „Washington Post“ sagte. Er habe keinen Widerstand geleistet, auch nicht verängstigt ausgesehen, erinnert sich Gratton. Warmbier habe ihm sogar noch zugelächelt, als er abgeführt worden sei.

Wochen später vor Gericht entschuldigte er sich immer wieder, bat inständig darum, zu seiner Familie zurückkehren zu dürfen – erst ruhig, dann mit brüchiger Stimme, am Ende unter Tränen.

Am 29. Februar 2016 gestand er „staatsfeindliche Aktivitäten“, sprach vom „schlimmsten Fehler meines Lebens“. Daraufhin wurde er zu 15 Jahren Gefängnis und Zwangsarbeit verurteilt.
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Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detention By Susan Svrluga and Anna Fifield, June 19, Washington Post

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, days after he returned home in a coma, his parents announced.

Warmbier, 22, had been medically evacuated last week and was being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, did not specify the cause of death.

But they made clear in a written statement that they blamed North Korea for what happened. Their son was arrested in January 2016 at the end of a brief tourist visit to the isolated country.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” the Warmbiers said.

Warmbier’s death was mourned by his wide circle of friends and by complete strangers, and it intensified political reaction to his detention, with outraged critics calling it murder.

“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life,” President Trump said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement: “Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder.

“North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons. Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea. The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers.”

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.), ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that “Otto is dead because of Kim Jong-un’s repressive, murderous regime,” and that North Korea “must be held accountable for their continued barbaric behavior.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also said North Korea must be held accountable for the “murder.”

Warmbier’s death could push Congress or the Trump administration to restrict or ban Americans from traveling to North Korea.

Reps. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) have introduced the North Korea Travel Control Act in the House, which would require Americans who want to travel to North Korea to obtain a license. There would be no licenses for tourists.

The Senate has been more reluctant to introduce restrictions on Americans — but Warmbier’s death might be the trigger that they need, analysts say.

Separately, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has raised the prospect of the administration using an executive order to ban travel to North Korea.

“We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea,” Tillerson told a House committee last week. “We haven’t come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.”

On Monday, Tillerson issued a statement: “Today we received with deep sadness the news that Otto Warmbier has passed away.

“On behalf of the entire State Department and the United States government, I extend my condolences to the Warmbier family, and offer my prayers as they enter a time of grief no parent should ever know.

“We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained.”

They are Kim Dong-chul, a former Fairfax County, Va., resident, as well as Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, two Americans affiliated with the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Currently, the State Department “strongly warns” U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea, noting that going there puts them at risk of arrest and long-term detention in accordance with what North Korea calls “wartime law.”

Warmbier had gone to North Korea as a tourist on his way to Hong Kong for a study-abroad program, but was stopped when he tried to leave the country. After a sham trial, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what North Korea called “hostile acts against the state.”

Fred Warmbier said North Korea lures American tourists to the country with tour groups such as the one his son joined, Young Pioneer Tours, and then “they take them hostage.”

Young Pioneer Tours said after Warmbier’s death that it would no longer take American citizens to North Korea.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier had no news about their son during his detention after March of last year. He was not allowed consular visits, and it was not until this month that U.S. officials and the family were told that he had been in a coma for more than a year.

He was medically evacuated, landed in Cincinnati on Tuesday night and was rushed to the hospital.

[Otto Warmbier has extensive loss of brain tissue, no obvious signs of trauma]

On Thursday, doctors said Warmbier had extensive loss of brain tissue, and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.

That morning, Fred Warmbier denounced what he called the “pariah” regime that brutalized his son.

[Otto Warmbier’s father denounces North Korea]

Fred and Cindy Warmbier issued a statement Monday afternoon:

It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.

It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched — Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two — that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.

We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.

When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.

We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who worked to try to free Warmbier, said in a statement Monday afternoon: “Otto Warmbier was such a promising young man. He was kind, generous and accomplished. He had all the talent you could ever ask for and a bright future ahead of him. His passing today is a loss for Ohio and for all of us. Jane and I are lifting up the Warmbier family in our prayers at this difficult time, and we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this remarkable young Ohioan.”

Gov. John Kasich (R) said in a written statement: “All Ohioans mourn the death of Otto Warmbier, a young man of exceptional spirit. Our prayers go out to his family, who have shown great strength and courage throughout this terrible ordeal. This horrendous situation further underscores the evil, oppressive nature of the North Korean regime that has such disregard for human life.”

Teresa Sullivan, president of U-Va., said by phone Monday afternoon: “It’s just such a waste of a promising young life. That’s very hard — that’s very hard to accept.

“I feel so sorry for his classmates and his fraternity brothers. He had many friends at the university, professors who taught him, I think everyone feels, very deeply, this loss.

“I think we always somewhere, deep down, thought he would come back to us and finish his degree with us.”

Warmbier was much loved. He was homecoming king and captain of his high-school soccer team, an expert in underground rap music and economics, a thrift-store shopper who wore his selections, like a purplish-striped sweater under a plaid jacket, with a big, confident grin.

He was a top student at U-Va., with a scholarship designed for the most “intellectually curious” students, and that inquisitiveness led him to befriend strangers, have long talks with friends about big ideas, and travel abroad to places such as Ecuador and Cuba. He took care of friends and family, offering advice to his younger brother and sister, reminding his mother they should visit a relative who was sick, surprising friends with throwback jerseys, paintings, Hawaiian shirts and other thrift-store finds.

He was unusually disciplined, certain of his major and with his path to a career in finance mapped out early on; as a junior he already had enough credits to graduate, a summer at the London School of Economics completed, and a summer internship likely to lead to a job offer after graduation.

Last month, his classmates graduated from U-Va. without him.

Todd Siler, a teacher at Wyoming High School, said Monday that he saw two of Warmbier’s friends from the graduating class of 2013, of which he was salutatorian, earlier Monday. They had been to the hospital to see him, and came to school to see their friend’s name on the graduation walk; all the students have their name etched on a brick there. “Tough, tough moments today,” he said.

The Wyoming City Schools said in a statement Monday that they were deeply saddened by the loss of Warmbier: “The countless contributions he made to his school and community through his leadership, actions, and limitless enthusiasm will be felt far into the future.”

Siler said, “Otto just brought out the best in people.”

“In a short time he had an impact on so many people of all different walks of life. … I think that’s what makes his passing so hard — there aren’t enough people like that in this world. We lost a good one. We lost a great one.

“Otto was strong, such a strong kid,” Siler added. “His spirit touched everybody, and I want to believe that, despite the treatment that he experienced, that he was hanging on to come home. And he did that. He knew he was there and with family. … I think there was a part of him still left that understood that.

“He’s home. So it’s okay to let go.”

U-Va. student Otto Warmbier released from North Korea
View PhotosThe University of Virginia student had been held in North Korea for 17 months for trying to steal a propaganda poster while on a trip to the country.
Fifield reported from Tokyo. Staff writer Carol Morello contributed to this report.
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Otto Warmbier’s North Korea roommate speaks out By Josh Rogin @ Washington post, June 15

When Danny Gratton met Otto Warmbier in Beijing in late December 2015, they were on their first day of a tour to North Korea that only one of them would successfully complete. On the tour’s last day, Gratton was the only Westerner to see Warmbier detained by North Korean security services, the beginning of an 18-month ordeal for the 21-year-old American student, who finally returned to the United States in a coma this week.

Until now, Gratton has not spoken publicly about the case. He was never contacted by the U.S. government or the tour company that arranged the visit. His recollections form a part of the story that speaks to Warmbier’s innocence and further undermines the North Korean government’s version of events. His message is that Warmbier was an innocent victim of a cruel and evil regime and did nothing to warrant his sad fate.

“Otto was just a really great lad who fell into the most horrendous situation that no one could ever believe,” Gratton told me in an interview Thursday. “It’s just something I think in the Western world we just can’t understand, we just can’t grasp, the evilness behind that dictatorship.”

A sales manager in his mid-40s from a small English town called Stone in Staffordshire, Gratton traveled to North Korea for the adventure of it, he said. He joined a four-day, three-night tour with a company called Young Pioneers Tours. Gratton met Warmbier in Beijing just before their flight, and the two struck up a friendship.

“When we got to Pyongyang, we were the two single guys, so it seemed logical for us to be put in the same room,” Gratton said. “So basically from the time we got to Pyongyang to the time I left him, we were together.”

Warmbier stood out in the group because he was so young, Gratton said. The two bonded that first night over a couple of beers.

“I got to know Otto really, really well,” he said. “He was such a mature lad for his age.”

Their second night in Pyongyang was New Year’s Eve and the whole group went out into the city square before coming back to the hotel for more drinking. This is the night that Warmbier allegedly committed the offense inside the hotel for which he would later be given a sentence of 15 years hard labor.

The charge was that Warmbier allegedly went into a staff-only area of the hotel and tore down a propaganda banner hanging on the wall, intending to steal it. Two months later, North Korean state media broadcast a staged event showing a tearful Warmbier confessing to that crime and begging for forgiveness, clearly under duress.

Gratton said that in the four days they spent together, Warmbier never said anything about a banner and that he saw zero evidence that Warmbier was planning any such act — quite the opposite. The first Gratton heard of the alleged attempted theft was when it was mentioned in news reports weeks later. Gratton and Warmbier weren’t together 24 hours each day, but they traveled together during the day and hung out each night.

“I’ve got nothing from my experiences with him that would suggest he would do something like that,” he said. “At no stage did I ever think he was anything but a very, very polite kid.”

The first time Gratton saw any sign of trouble was when the pair were among the last to go through security at the Pyongyang International Airport in the early morning of Jan. 2, 2016. They were running late because the hotel had mysteriously and uncharacteristically missed their wake-up call.

After handing their passports to the immigration officer, there was a lull, followed by the appearance of two North Korean security officials, who took Warmbier to a private room. Gratton assumed it was a routine check or another form of mild harassment because Warmbier was American.

“No words were spoken. Two guards just come over and simply tapped Otto on the shoulder and led him away,” Gratton said. “I just said kind of quite nervously, ‘Well, that’s the last we’ll see of you.’ There’s a great irony in those words.”

“That was it. That was the last physical time I saw Otto, ever. I was also the only person to see Otto taken away,” Gratton said. “Otto didn’t resist. He didn’t look scared. He sort of half-smiled.”

When the group got to the Beijing Capital International Airport, the tour guide called back to her colleague in Pyongyang, who by that time had been summoned to the airport and was with Warmbier, according to another person on the plane, who overheard the call.

Warmbier spoke on that call and said to the guide that he had a severe headache and wanted to be taken to the hospital, the other passenger said. Repeatedly, Warmbier told the guide he couldn’t travel because he felt ill. Neither Young Pioneer Tours nor the tour guide responded to requests for comment.

Gratton said Warmier showed no signed of illness that day. Perhaps the North Koreans were trying to delay any public acknowledgement of his arrest, he speculated. It was 20 days later that they finally announced he was being detained and being accused of a “hostile act.”

Gratton has stayed in contact intermittently with Warmbier’s parents over the past year-and-a-half. He said he was “stunned” nobody from the U.S. government or the tour group ever tried to contact him to ask him if he had any information about what happened.

His message is that no one should blame Warmbier for his predicament. Even if he did take down the banner, it’s irrelevant because the consequences have been so horrendously out of proportion, he said.

“No one deserves that. He was just a young lad who wanted a bit of adventure,” he said. “Every once in a while they single out someone to make a point, and this was just Otto’s turn. It’s so sick and warped and unnecessary and evil.”

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Wurde Otto Warmbier mit Biokampfstoff infiziert? Von Torsten Krauel @ welt.de | Stand: 20.06.2017

Die US-Regierung schickte ein Spezialflugzeug für Seuchengebiete, um den Studenten abzuholen. Offenbar hatte sie einen schrecklichen Verdacht. Nordkorea hält noch drei weitere Amerikaner fest.

Nur Stunden vor Otto Warmbiers Tod verleumdete Pjöngjang ihn noch. Warmbier, sagte ein nordkoreanischer Konferenzteilnehmer am Samstag in der mongolischen Hauptstadt Ulan-Bator, habe den „Regimewandel angestrebt“. Seine Strafe sei „gerechtfertigt“. Die Äußerung war nicht so, wie man sie sich vielleicht erwartet hätte, wenn Kim Jong-un wirklich ein Entspannungszeichen setzen wollte. Ort und Person aber sind ein Zeichen dafür, dass die Äußerungen ernst gemeint waren.

Der Nordkoreaner arbeitet an einem „Institut für Amerikastudien“, das offiziell zum Pjöngjanger Außenministerium gehört. Er nahm an einem Treffen nordostasiatischer Staaten teil, organisiert vom mongolischen Außenministerium. Die neutrale Mongolei ist politisch quasi die Schweiz Asiens, sie fungiert als Gastgeberin für heikle Treffen verfeindeter asiatischer Länder.

Irgendwann einmal möchte sie der Geburtsort einer asiatischen OSZE sein, jenseits des von China dominierten Shanghai-Kooperationsrats. In Ulan-Bator sitzt Pjöngjang mit am Tisch, in Shanghai nicht. Wer also als Vertreter Pjöngjangs nach Ulan-Bator reist, den einzigen Ort, an dem Nordkorea diplomatische Gespräche führt, ist ein gewichtiger Vertreter des Regimes.

Zuvor kamen Geiseln nur in Hausarrest

Wenige Stunden nach der Verleumdung in Ulan-Bator, sechs Tage nach der Heimkehr als körperliches Wrack am 13. Juni, ist der 22-jährige Otto Warmbier am Sonntag im Familienkreis gestorben. Seither schweigt Pjöngjang. Die Familie gab bekannt, Warmbiers Gesichtszüge hätten sich in den letzten Tagen entspannt. Er habe gespürt, wieder zu Hause zu sein. Aber woran er gestorben ist und wie er zu seinem schrecklichen Zustand kam, darüber herrscht weiter Ungewissheit. Gewiss ist nur: Nordkorea hat Warmbier gänzlich anders behandelt als alle seine vorherigen amerikanischen Geiseln.

Während der Urteilsverkündung im März vergangenen Jahres schien er schon nicht mehr sprechen zu können und wurde als willenloser Mensch von zwei Wachen aus dem Saal geschleift. Andere Geiseln, zuletzt ein Student, der im September 2014 betrunken durch den Grenzfluss Yalu geschwommen war, blieben von Gewalt verschont. Sie kamen zwar seelisch erheblich angeschlagen, aber in guter körperlicher Verfassung zurück. Solche Geiseln kamen auch nicht in ein gewöhnliches Gefängnis, geschweige denn in eines der nordkoreanischen Arbeitslager, die so groß wie deutsche Landkreise sind.

Sie wurden vielmehr in klimatisierten Villen unter Hausarrest gestellt. Eine Geisel glaubte, auf Google Earth ihre Arrestvilla wiedererkannt zu haben. Es handelt sich um ein schwer gesichertes Doppelhaus mit überdachten Balkonterrassen im Westen Pjöngjangs. Das Gebäude wurde nach 2003 errichtet und ist von zwei hohen Mauern umgeben.

Skeptisch durch den Mord an Kims Halbbruder

Es liegt uneinsehbar hinter dem Computerinstitut, dessen Forscher Nordkoreas Pendant zum Betriebssystem Windows konzipiert haben. In diesem Stadtteil Pjöngjangs gibt es noch weitere abseits stehende, ähnlich gesicherte moderne Villen. An einer von ihnen sind am 17. April erstmals Fahrzeuge zu erkennen, fünf eng geparkte Militärlastwagen.

Was ist mit Otto Warmbier passiert, und warum? Die US-Regierung hatte offenbar einen schlimmen Verdacht, denn sie entsandte nicht irgendein Flugzeug, um ihn abzuholen. Der Privatjet war eines von vier Spezialflugzeugen für Patienten mit hoch ansteckenden Krankheiten, die Washington von einer Firma in Georgia mietet.

Mit solchen Flugzeugen wurden Helfer aus dem Ebola-verseuchten Liberia ausgeflogen. Die Regierung rechnete offenbar damit, dass Warmbier möglicherweise mit Bio- oder Chemiewaffen infiziert worden sein könnte, so wie Kim Jong-uns Halbbruder Kim Jong-nam im Februar in Malaysia.

Lebensmittelvergiftung als Biowaffe?

Pjöngjang hatte vor der Übergabe Warmbiers in amerikanische Obhut behauptet, er habe vor einem Jahr eine „Lebensmittelvergiftung“ erlitten. Das war anscheinend ein Alarmzeichen. Nordkorea wird nachgesagt, auch Botulin-Bakterien waffenfähig gemacht zu haben, die solche Vergiftungen hervorrufen. Die amerikanischen Ärzte hatten am Donnerstag eine großflächige Hirnschädigung wegen fehlender Sauerstoffzufuhr festgestellt, aber keine Anzeichen äußerer Gewalteinwirkung. Sie sprachen vorsichtig davon, es gebe bei Warmbier keine „akuten“ Anzeichen einer Lebensmittelvergiftung.

Manche spekulieren, Warmbier sei erst vor ganz kurzer Zeit etwas Furchtbares zugestoßen, und Kim Jong-un habe ihn dringend loswerden wollen, um ihn nicht tot übergeben zu müssen. Nachprüfbar ist das nicht. Nachprüfbar aber ist die ungewöhnliche Hektik, mit der nordkoreanische Emissäre Ende Mai in New York aus heiterem Himmel ihre amerikanischen Kontaktleute bedrängten, möglichst rasch ein Flugzeug zu schicken.

Das war kurz nach einem Treffen in Oslo, auf dem US-Unterhändler mit Choe Son-hui redeten, der Leiterin der Amerika-Abteilung im nordkoreanischen Außenministerium. Choe gab in Oslo Pjöngjangs Einverständnis, dass schwedische Diplomaten Warmbier sowie drei weitere US-Geiseln besuchen dürfen, die seit diesem Frühjahr in Nordkorea ausharren müssen.

Angeblich überrascht von Warmbiers Zustand

Die plötzliche Hektik nach diesem Besuch wird damit erklärt, dass Pjöngjangs Außenministerium nicht gewusst habe, wie schlimm es um Warmbier stand. Das ist absurd. Choe Son-hui ist die Tochter Choe Son-grims, eines Politbüromitglieds und alten Kampfgefährten von Kim Jong-uns Großvater.

Von 2010 bis 2013 war er Nordkoreas Premierminister. Choe Son-huis Chef wiederum, Außenminister Ri Yong-ho, ist Kandidat des Politbüros und der Sohn von Ri Myong-je, einem engen Vertrauten von Kim Jong-uns Vater. Ri Yong-ho kam nach Warmbiers Verurteilung auf diesen Posten. Sein kurzzeitiger Vorgänger Ri Chol, ebenfalls Politbüromitglied und heute Parteisekretär für Internationales, war 20 Jahre lang in der Schweiz für die Devisenkassen des Kim-Clans zuständig.

Mit der Bestallung dieser drei Vertrauten sorgte Kim Jong-un dafür, dass das Außenministerium und besonders dessen Amerika-Abteilung eisern in der Hand des engsten Führungszirkels sind, statt wie lange Zeit zuvor von fachlich versierten, politisch aber eher nachrangigen Funktionären geleitet zu werden. Und ausgerechnet dieses Ressort soll von Warmbiers Zustand nichts gewusst haben?

Verdacht auf Machtkampf hinter den Kulissen

Amerikanische Politiker wie Senator John McCain sprechen nun von „staatlichem Mord“ an einem US-Bürger. Kolumnisten schreiben, Washington müsse jetzt unmissverständlich klarmachen, dass mit Amerika nicht zu spaßen sei. Präsident Donald Trump und sein Außenminister Rex Tillerson haben sich allerdings zurückhaltend geäußert.

Trump versprach in einer schriftlichen Stellungnahme, dafür zu sorgen, dass sich „solche Tragödien nicht wiederholen“, ohne konkreter zu werden. Beim Besuch des ukrainischen Präsidenten Petro Poroschenko sagte er am Dienstag im Oval Office: „Es ist eine absolute Schande, was mit Otto passiert ist. Das hätte nie und nimmer passieren dürfen. Und offen gesagt, wäre er früher nach Hause gebracht worden, wäre das Ergebnis sehr anders ausgefallen. Er hätte am selben Tag nach Hause gebracht werden sollen.“ Es war unklar, welchen Tag Trump im Auge hatte. Vermutlich meinte er den Tag, an dem Warmbier ins Koma fiel. Dieses Datum ist nicht bekannt.

Pjöngjang behauptet, das sei bereits im Frühjahr letzten Jahres geschehen. Trump spielte erkennbar auf den angeblichen Unwillen seines Amtsvorgängers Barack Obama an, auf Nordkorea Druck auszuüben. Dieser innenpolitische Aspekt ist ihm wichtig. Am heutigen Dienstag finden zwei Nachwahlen zum Kongress statt, bei denen in einer Stichwahl Republikaner gegen Demokraten antreten. Trump fürchtet eine Niederlage seiner Partei, wie man an seinen Tweets zu diesen Wahlen und am finanziellen Einsatz der Republikaner in den beiden Wahlkreisen ablesen kann. Außenminister Rex Tillerson sagte, man mache Nordkorea für die „ungerechte Haft“ verantwortlich. Auch er vermied es aber, Warmbiers Tod Pjöngjang direkt zuzuschreiben.

Am Abend mitteleuropäischer Zeit sagte Trumps Sprecher Sean Spicer, die USA würden "weiterhin politische und wirtschaftliche Druckmittel einsetzen", um "gemeinsam mit unseren Alliierten und mit China das Verhalten Nordkoreas zu ändern und das Regime zu beenden". Die letzten fünf Worte sind ein direkter Widerspruch zu den Aussagen Tillersons und des Verteidigungsministers James Mattis. Beide hatten einen "Regimewandel" ausdrücklich ausgeschlossen, als sie Kim Jong-un zu Verhandlungen über seine Atomwaffen und Raketen forderten.

Aber aus Spicers Äußerungen schien hervorzugehen, dass eine militärische Bestrafung Nordkoreas jedenfalls am Dienstag nicht erwogen wurde. Kaum aber hatte er die Pressekonferenz beendet, schickte Donald Trump einen ominösen Tweet los, der wiederum das Gegenteil anzudeuten schien. "Ich würdige sehr die Anstrengungen Präsident Xis und Chinas, bei Nordkorea zu helfen, aber es hat nicht funktioniert. Wenigstens weiß ich aber, dass China es versucht hat!" Steuert Trump nun doch auf eine Militäraktion zu?

Der Tod des 22-Jährigen ist so rätselhaft wie überhaupt die jüngsten Geiselnahmen. Zwei der anderen festgehaltenen Amerikaner sind Dozenten an der „Pjöngjang-Universität für Wissenschaft und Technik“, einem Renommierprojekt für künftige Außenhandelsfunktionäre. Es ist die erste Hochschule mit westlichen Dozenten.

Dort zwei Geiseln zu nehmen, widerspricht der Logik des Projekts, wenn denn in Kims Reich überhaupt Logik herrscht. Den Geiseln soll es den Umständen entsprechend gut gehen. Vielleicht, spekulieren manche, herrscht hinter den Kulissen ein Machtkampf zwischen Fraktionen, die Nordkorea öffnen oder noch weiter abriegeln wollen. Und Otto Warmbier wurde eines der Opfer.
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A show trial is a public trial in which the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt of the defendant. The actual trial has as its only goal to present the accusation and the verdict to the public as an impressive example and as a warning to other would-be dissidents or transgressors. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than correctional justice and also conducted for propagandistic purposes. The term was first recorded in the 1930s.
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23. Juni 2017Nordkorea weist Folter-Verdacht zurück
Seoul –
Nordkorea hat den Verdacht zurückgewiesen, der verstorbene US-Student Otto Warmbier sei in nordkoreanischer Haft gefoltert oder misshandelt worden. Alle zuständigen Behörden behandelten „alle Kriminellen“ in „vollständiger Übereinstimmung mit örtlichen Gesetzen und internationalen Standards“, sagte ein Sprecher des Nationalen Rates für Aussöhnung laut einer Meldung der amtlichen Nachrichtenagentur KCNA am Freitag. Dies gelte auch für Warmbier. Kritiker, die „absolut keine Ahnung haben, wie gut wir Warmbier unter humanitären Bedingungen behandelt haben“, unterstellten Nordkorea nun Misshandlung und Folter, sagte der Sprecher.
Der Student war im März 2016 in Nordkorea zu 15 Jahren Arbeitslager verurteilt worden, weil er in einem Hotel ein Propagandaposter gestohlen hatte. Kurz nach seiner Inhaftierung fiel er ins Koma, aus dem er nicht mehr erwachte. In der vergangenen Woche wurde er von Nordkorea aus „humanitären Gründen“ freigelassen. Kurz nach seiner Ankunft in der Heimat starb der 22-Jährige. Der Tod Warmbiers hat die Spannungen zwischen den USA und Nordkorea weiter verschärft. US-Präsident Donald Trump verurteilte das „brutale Regime“ in Pjöngjang und erklärte, er sei entschlossen, künftig „derartige Tragödien zu verhindern“.

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2017
2nd December: 10,220 views
By quapan on 2017-06-20 21:08:57
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Meet your dreams and
make them fulfill.

Bedtime Stories: The Lost Dreams, a
fun and fancy Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game.

Bedtime Stories: The Lost Dreams makes
difference and uncovers the scene behind the most questioned matter
“What if ..?”. Your character is a little boy who gets a rare
opportunity to find out what would happen to his relatives if they
would have changed their mistakes in the past.  

Meet funny characters,
enjoy lifesaving mission of helping others to react and do things
right. You won’t ever believe what kinds of trifles may leave the
most precious dreams and goals unfulfilled. For example, one might
face spiders, cluttered rooms, a mess in the wardrobe or other lovely
things that might change the entire course of one’s life.

So, we are dealing
with four characters whose lives comprise four chapters filled with
hidden object scenes, mini-games and numerous puzzles. The main idea
of the game is to find out the main reasons that prevented the
characters to live a happy life. The plot of the game isn’t filled
with trivia things, I’m sure that everybody will find something
interesting. The first chapter is about a ballerina whose
indecisiveness and fear of mice didn’t let her go to the stage and
meet the worldwide fame of a ballet dancer. The second dream
describes the life of a successful detective who didn’t recognized
the real face of an old lady. It turns out that she is a disguised
spy and killer, but these accusations are still to be proved. The
third chapter reminds me a romance novel Gone With The Wind, where
the main character is your cousin who falls in love with a young
adventurer, but it’s you who have to decide whether she follows after
her dreams or stays working as a mere librarian. The fourth dream is
the sweetest. Get ready to create an ideal chocolate recipe and win a
prestigious contest of candy-makers. As
for me, I really enjoyed playing almost completely 4 different games
in one well-written script. All the time happens something completely
unpredictable and quite interesting what creates real setting of a
dream.

In order to advance you
have not only to clear
cluttered rooms using hints, but also solve much more difficult tasks
without any help. For instance,
try to scare a mouse or spider with appropriate items,
especially if those items are in the list that you definitely won’t
ever take into consideration. Some locations are rather creative. For
example, finding bulbs in complete darkness. You have a list of
hidden objects, hint system and a lot of objects that require much
more work than just clicking on them. The game is quite logical and
special arrows point you where to go, but it won’t really help you if
there won’t be collected a pack of necessary things and a very good
idea how to apply them.

The art style deserves
more detailed description. Though the hidden object scenes look
traditional for this genre but their graphics make a really good
impression: no blurred objects, heaps of absolutely non-stylized
items or the same looking objects. Every single detail is well-drawn
and looks as it really belongs to the place where it is. I was
impressed by animations of the characters and original interaction
with animals. I’ve seen a nice looking mouse and doves which look
more like Splinter Cell agents, equipped with night vision and other
relevant stuff. But I have to mention that some scenes don’t have
hints what isn’t a bad news for hard-workers.

The atmosphere of the game
is really captivating and relaxing music supplements it greatly.
During the play I felt like watching a good featured cartoon with
nice voice acting. For the most part you are followed by other
characters with a great sense of humor, at least it sounds much more
realistic than you could expect from a HOG game. The game is a great
example of family oriented product filled with a batch of funny
comics. In this caseFree Web Content, the premise of the game is really what it
promises.

Download
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http://absolutist.com/bedtime-stories/