Warmbier's Parents: That North Korean Ship Is Ours

They want compensation after wrongful death claim
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2019 4:40 PM CDT
Warmbier's Parents: That North Korean Ship Is Ours Now
This undated file photo released by the US Justice Dept, Thursday, May 9, 2019, shows the seized North Korean cargo ship Wise Honest.   (Department of Justice via AP, File)

(Newser) – The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship in a bid to collect a multimillion-dollar judgment in the American college student's death, the AP reports. Attorneys for the Warmbiers said in a court filing Wednesday they have a right to the assets after North Korea failed to respond to their wrongful death claim. The Warmbiers say their son was tortured after being convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster and imprisoned for months.

He died days after being returned to the US in a vegetative state in 2017. A US judge has ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in the Warmbiers' wrongful death suit. North Korea has denied mistreating Warmbier. The US seized the cargo ship in May because it was carrying coal in violation of UN sanctions. (There's also the question of a possible $2 million payment offered for Warmbier's hospital care.)

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