The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, has reportedly ordered his ex-girlfriend executed by firing squad along with a dozen other North Koreans for appearing in pornographic films
The Singer, Hyon Song-wol, and the other executed North Koreans, were said to have to have been killed just days after the North Korean leader saw her perform in concert.
According to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, an unidentified source said performers from a well-known orchestra and light music ensemble were arrested on 17 August, accused of filming themselves having sex, selling copies of the tapes and they were executed 20 August, 3 days later.
The unnamed source also said that copies of the Holy Bible were found in their possession and as a result they were all treated as political dissidents.
The rest of the Unhasu Orchestra and Wangjaesan Light Music Band were forced to watch as they were executed in public by machine gun fire.
Their families were then taken away to detention camps, in accordance with the country’s rules on guilt by association.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met Ms Hyon a decade ago, and they were reported to have been in a relationship until Kim’s father Kim Jong-il said he disapproved.
There have been rumours that the couple, who were both married to other people, were having an affair, and the paper said Kim’s current wife, Ri Sol-ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him.
Quotations from another source, again unnamed, indicated that the executions on 20 August were in keeping with the dictator’s recent activities, and “show that he is fixated on consolidating his leadership”. The source said: “Kim Jong-un has been viciously eliminating anyone who he deems a challenge to his authority.”
Speaking on the alleged executions, an authority on North Korean affairs and professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University told the Daily Telegraph there seemed to be “a political reason” behind the killings.
Toshimitsu Shigemura told the paper: “If these people had only made pornographic videos, then it is simply not believable that their punishment was execution.
“They could have been made to disappear into the prison system there instead.
“There is a political reason behind this. Or, as Kim’s wife once belonged to the same group, it is possible that these executions are more about Kim’s wife.”