A US judge has ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million to the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from detention in the Southeast Asian country.
US District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled Monday that Pyongyang “shall be liable for damages in the amount of $501,134,683.80″ for what the student’s parents insisted was his wrongful death, according to court documents.
Warmbier was arrested in 2016 as he tried to leave the North at the end of a five-day commercial tour. Warmbier, who was then a student at the University of Virginia, had reportedly tried to steal a political poster from a restricted floor in his hotel.
The student returned to the US in June 2017 after negotiations led by US President Donald Trump’s administration. It was said back then that the 22-year-old was deaf and blind and had sustained severe brain damage from his time in…