He once executed his deputy by releasing a pack of hungry dogs. And now he executed a general with an anti-aircraft missile. Oh the life of a dictator…..
North Korea has executed its defence chief Hyon Yong Chol using an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range.
Hyon, 66, is understood to have been executed for repeatedly voicing complaints against the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, for not following orders and for falling asleep at a military event, according to South Korean spies.
His death was reportedly watched by hundreds of people.
The execution is the latest in a series of purges carried out by the young leader, the most notable of which was the execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek, a man once considered the second most powerful person in North Korea. A year later, Kim reportedly had is aunt poisoned, and 15 senior officials have been killed this year alone for challenging the leader’s authority.
Seoul’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported that Hyon had been charged with treason and disobeying Kim, including apparently falling asleep at an event where the North Korean leader was present.
He had been arrested last month and executed three days later without any legal proceedings, South Korean politicians were told in a closed door meeting.
Hyon was reportedly executed at a firing range at the Kanggon Military Training Area, 14 miles north of Pyongyang. A US-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea said that satellite images showed the shooting range had likely been used for an execution in October using ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns. The target was 30 metres away from the weapons, which have a range of 8,000 metres.