Huffington Post has an interesting article concerning the suspected execution of Kim Chul – the Vice-minister of the Army – for drinking alcohol during the 100-day-mourning period following KJI’s death. I am not going to go to all the papers because the post is a good one and well-done:
The army officials were reportedly accused of drinking during mourning and being involved in sex scandals.
“It seems that the purges will continue for the time being, as Kim Jong-un is tightening his grip on power,” Yoon Sang-hyun, a South Korean government official, told Chosun Ilbo. Yoon also suggested that discontent over the purge among the secretive nation’s elite might have a destabilizing affect on the new regime.
Some media outlets have questioned the report of Kim Chol’s death. Commenting on the case, an analyst told Foreign Policy that there have been earlier reports of officers who were rumored to have been killed resurfacing later.
During the mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death, North Koreans were reportedly forbidden to take part in pleasurable activities, such as drinking alcohol.
The method in which Kim Chul was executed – if, in fact, he was executed – seems to be somewhat contested. According to Huffington’s links, he was executed by firing squad but The Telegraph claims:
On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave “no trace of him behind, down to his hair,” according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and “obliterated.”
I couldn’t find it but I seem to remember blogging about another execution a year or so ago that was conducted in the same way – death by mortar. What a way to go.