Death Penalty on Theft of Wedding Happy Home
Selling jewels on the black market, disrupting preparations for war and the ‘extraordinarily grave act of delinquency’ are among a long list of crimes punishable by death in North Korea. Under dictator Kim Jong-Un’s oppressive rule, the country’s residents can be executed for more than 20 different crimes, many of them ambiguous, without a fair trial.
The practice of guilt by association is also used by the government to arrest not only those considered ‘enemies of the state’, but up to three generations of their families. The list has emerged in the wake of the brutal murder of the country’s defence minister for falling asleep during military meetings and answering back to Kim.
Hyon Yong-Chol, 66, who was named head of North Korea’s military in 2012, was reported to have been executed in front of hundreds of bloodthirsty officials at a military camp in the capital Pyongyang on April 30.