Fred Warmbier, the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who spent a year in a North Korean labor camp, and died a short time later after release, will take part in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Phenchhan, where he was invited by Vice-President Mike Pence.
About it writes on Monday, February 5, the newspaper The Washington Post.
The article notes that Fred Warmbier also invited to attend at the address of the US President to the nation on the situation in the country, the so-called State of the Union – as a guest of Donald trump and his wife Melania.
Recall that in September last year, Warmbier gave an interview with CNN, during which he described the torture inflicted on his son, who returned home in a coma from which it came. He argued that the torture was carried out on the personal orders of the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN.
As previously reported, Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years in labor camps. North Korean authorities released a prisoner under pressure from the international community after it became known about the catastrophic deterioration of his health.
Otto was active in the campus Hillel at the University of Virginia and took care of the members of the Jewish community, reported the website of the newspaper the Jerusalem Post, citing the campus Rabbi Jake Rubin.
In 2014, Warmbier visited Israel under the Birthright movement. He visited the fortress «Masada», got a Hebrew name and under the impression of this trip became an activist in the Jewish community, the newspaper writes. The movement organizes Birthright trips to Israel for those who consider themselves Jewish and has at least one Jewish parent or convert to Judaism was.
It later emerged that the family Warmbier hid their Jewishness in the hope to alleviate the plight of the prisoner: they believed that this circumstance will complicate the negotiations.
According to the North Korean version, Warmbier in a coma as a result of botulism and associated this disease of sleeping pills. Experts medical center, University of Cincinnati, where he died, Otto, found he had signs of botulism. According to American doctors, the death occurred as a result of severe neurological disease – perhaps to the tragedy caused cardiopulmonary shock