Current Event Cat of the Day: Uncle Jang the “Traitor” Gets Executed

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Things went from bad to worse for Kim Jong-un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek. After being purged from the government for corruption and other Western-like behaviour last week, North Korea’s state news agency announced Thursday that the “traitor” was executed for the crime of trying to overthrow the state. Well that escalated quickly…

Uncle Jang, who is thought to have mentored his nephew during the leadership transition from Kim Jong-il to Kim Jong-un in 2011, was publically ousted from the Workers’ Party of Korea last weekend and shown on state TV being dragged away by guards. At first, officials accused him of “womanizing” and corruption, leading some North Korea observers to speculate that the real reason might have something to do with a personal feud between Jang and Kim Jong-un.

This week, North Korea announced that Uncle Jang was actually trying to overthrow Kim Jong-un’s government. The official statement released described how Jang had finally admitted to abusing his position of power to form a faction against the state and harbouring his own political ambitions. Most likely under extreme torture, but a confession is still a confession!

North Korea’s news agency KCNA released the weirdly worded statement regarding the new charges:

The accused is a traitor to the nation for all ages who perpetrated anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts in a bid to overthrow the leadership of our party and state and the socialist system.”

“Despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.”

What? I wonder if this “official statement” sounds as ridiculous in Korean as it does in English…

Jang was also criticized for only “half-heartedly clapping” when Kim Jong-un became vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission before his father’s death. Apparently that didn’t sit well with Kim Jong-un and his resentment had been building ever since.  If that’s not cause for execution, I don’t know what is.

Via: BBC News

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