US student sentenced to 15 years of labor in North Korea for trying to steal a political banner

American student Otto Warmbier jailed 15 years in North Korea

American student sentenced to 15 years in North Korea for poster theft!
This is such an incredible news! Why do people go to live in these countries when you know very well what you face potentially? 15 years??Unbelievable!
North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. 

He attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request

of an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church.

Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial at the North's Supreme Court.
He was charged with subversion. No further details were immediately available. 

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The tearful UVA student said at the press conference, which was covered by North Korean and international media, according to CNN.
North Korea paraded the student before the media last month in Pyongyang, where he tearfully apologized for attempting to steal the political banner.

He sobbed as he begged for forgiveness for the 'hostile' act, claiming the attempted theft, from a staff-only section of the hotel where he had been staying, had been at the behest of a member of a church back home who wanted it as a 'trophy'.
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'I made the worst mistake of my life,''I committed the crime of taking down a political slogan from the staff holding area of the Yanggakdo International Hotel,' Warmbier said.'I apologize to each and every one of the millions of the Korean people and I beg that you see how I was used and manipulated,' the student's statement continued.'I plead for you to forgive me, not for me, but for my family,' he added.
According to video seen by CNN, Warmbier bowed his head as he asked for forgiveness.

He said: '
I never, never should have allowed myself to be lured by the United States administration to commit a crime in this country.'I wish that the United States administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries.'I entirely beg you, the people and government of [North Korea], for your forgiveness. Please!

It is unknown whether or not Warmbier was forced to speak at the press conference

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