We have all heard/read how North Korea’s former number two, Jang Song-Thaek, has fallen from grace and on orders of the country’s rogue leader Kim Jong-Un was stripped of all his titles and then had him arrested during a December 8 party meeting in Pyongyang.
It will be noted that Jang was a key member of North Korea’s first family, a man widely seen as regent to leader Kim Jong-un.
What made it more disgraceful is that Jang was Kim’s uncle, having been married to his father’s sister, and was accused of being a traitor, a womanizer and a ‘despicable human scum – worse than a dog.’
But, the more serious imputation that cost Jang’s downfall was his alleged undermining of Kim’s regime by “throwing the state financial-management system into confusion and committing such acts of treachery as selling off precious resources of the country at cheap prices”, which were making Jang and his supporters richer, powerful and influential and a threat to Kim’s leadership.
Four days later, Jang’s execution was reported by KCNA, the official news service of the regime. In all, at least five people from Jang’s circle were executed in the purge – alongside the director himself.
Kim described the execution of his 67-year-old uncle as the removal of “factionalist filth”, in his New Year message, adding that his purge left North Korea in a much stronger position.
It was not clear however how Jang was executed until this horrifying news broke out recently.
Reports claim that Jang and his five closest aides were stripped naked and fed to 120 hungry hounds that have been starved for three days – eating the men until there was nothing left.
The whole process was reported to have lasted an hour, and as they were eaten, hundreds of officials watched the stomach-churning show – including Kim himself.
If true, the gruesome act known as “quan jue” or execution by dogs, seem to be a break from the usual execution by firing squad.
Previously it had been reported that a number of Jang’s aides were executed with anti-aircraft machine guns.
But the “quan jue” style of execution does not sound strange nor far-fetched in North Korea since it was also reported in the recent past, that the regime had an effigy of a South Korean president torn apart by dogs.
The “quan jue” was simply Kim’s reminder to those contemplating of revolting against the Kim dynasty that the same sadistic treatment and savage punishment awaits them, if ever.
And to think that Kim Jong-Un is only in his late 20s or early 30s.
What a monster!