North Korea shoots five top men in purge
At least five of North Korea's leading government officials have been shot dead and one has committed suicide over allegations of corruption
November 4, 2011
According to the Daily North Korean (site that deals with the situation inside the Kim Jong-il regime), events date to October 28 and took place in the village of Unjong on the island of Shinmi, Seoncheon county, about 70 km south-east of Shinuiju. Elements within the regime met "the cadres of the provincial Party and officials in the area of trade" in the county seat of Seoncheon, to report the results of inspections carried out in recent weeks.
In response to allegations of corruption and malfeasance, officials ordered the execution of the head of the unit, his deputy (a woman of 39), a ship’s captain, the Party official in charge of food distribution and the head of the agricultural cooperative in the village of Unjong. The five were executed with 60 bullets "at the army barracks shooting range" in Seoncheon County. In particular, the ship’s captain was sentenced to death on suspicion - adds to the Daily NK - of having stolen 60 thousand dollars deposited in a bank in China.
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