American college student Otto Warmbier has been released after more than 17 months in detention in North Korea but has been in a coma for over a year, according to his parents.
The 22-year-old contracted botulism and is in “bad shape” but en route back to the United States, a source close to the family told CNN.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also confirmed Warmbier’s release in a statement.
Warmbier was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while on his way home.
North Korean authorities said they had security footage of him trying to steal a banner containing a political slogan that was hanging from the walls of his Pyongyang hotel.
Warmbier was found guilty and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years hard labor. It was the last time he was seen publicly. Read more at CNN.