North Korea says Jang Song Thaek, uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, executed

SEOUL Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:58pm EST

Jang song-thaek, Chief of the Central Administrative Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, exits a car as he arrives at the Ziguangge building of Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, in Beijing, August 17, 2012. REUTERS/China Daily

Jang song-thaek, Chief of the Central Administrative Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, exits a car as he arrives at the Ziguangge building of Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, in Beijing, August 17, 2012.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.

"The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state," the North's official KCNA news agency said.

The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Friday carried a photograph of Jang in handcuffs and being held by uniformed guards as he stood trial.

Earlier this week North Korea stripped Jang of all posts and expelled him from the ruling Workers' Party, accusing him of criminal acts including mismanagement of the state financial system, womanizing and alcohol abuse.

"From long ago, Jang had a dirty political ambition. He dared not raise his head when Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were alive," KCNA said, referring to leader Kim's grandfather and father, who were previous rulers of the dynastic state.

"He began revealing his true colors, thinking that it was just the time for him to realize his wild ambition in the period of historic turn when the generation of the revolution was replaced."

The execution caps a spectacular downfall of the husband of leader Kim's aunt. Jang had previously suffered purges but fought his way back to the power circle to hold influential positions in the ruling party and the military.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; editing by Andrew Roche and Jim loney)

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umkomazi wrote:
Fatboy is turning to a nasty monster even by the standards of NKR!

Must have been deprived of the pies when it was a kid…poor sod who married him must be panicking as he murdered an ex-gf!

Oh well, nurtured by China …..what else can be expected!

Dec 12, 2013 5:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Roscoe8 wrote:
Right out of Stalin’s playbook.

Dec 12, 2013 5:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
james1611king wrote:
This means uncle said something in disagreement to the tyrants of North Korea. It seems Obama would love to have this opportunity.

Dec 12, 2013 5:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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