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Report: North Korea executes leader's ex

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff  August 29, 2013 05:29 PM

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The ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly been executed by firing squad.

The South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, reported Thursday that Hyon Song-wol, a former singer, was arrested on Aug. 17 along with other members of Unhasu Orchestra, and also musicians and dancers of the Wangjaesan Light Music Band.

The newspaper reported that Hyon and other performers were put to death on Aug. 20 over pornography charges, and were accused of making and selling a sex tape of themselves. They also allegedly had Bibles in their possession, and were treated as political dissidents.

"They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on," said a Chinese source reported in the newspaper.

Kim met Hyon about 10 years ago, but his father, then-leader Kim Jong Il, disapproved of their relationship and order it to end. Kim later married Ri Sol Ju, who was also reportedly a member of the Unhasu Orchestra.

New York magazine noted that even though Chosun Ilbo is the only news organization that reported the information, the fact that it is one of South Korea's main newspapers makes the story believable.

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