North Korea's Kim Executes His Uncle
Jang Song Thaek accused of being a traitor
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2013 3:52 PM CST
In this Feb. 16, 2012, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek, left, after reviewing a parade.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – Less than a week after reports emerged that Kim Jong Un had staged a major power play by ousting his powerful uncle from government, North Korea has announced that the uncle has been executed, reports the BBC. The state news agency says Jang Song Thaek was sentenced to death by a military tribunal as a traitor, and the sentence was carried out immediately. Jang—who had been forcibly removed from a Community Party forum in front of cameras earlier in the week—had been married to the sister of Kim's father.

The state news agency accused him of plotting to overthrow his nephew and labeled him "worse than a dog," reports AP. He had generally been considered the nation's second most powerful figure and once served as a mentor to his nephew. Other charges against him included corruption, drug use, gambling, and leading a "depraved life." Analysts generally view the move as Kim consolidating his power.

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Libris Fidelis
Dec 13, 2013 1:40 PM CST
This is very scary to me, because it is straight out of Saddam Hussein's play-book... remember that Saddam Hussein was briefly jailed for attempted murder of his own father, and also that this was Saddam Hussein's modus-operandi to eliminate opposition within his parliament after Ronald Reagan sent our US intelligence into Iraq to assist in Saddam Hussein's over-throw of the political process, which with Ronald Reagan's assistance was the process that clandestinely installed Saddam Hussein as the Iraqi national leader.
Dec 13, 2013 1:02 PM CST
Calling Amnesty International.
Dec 13, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Killed for leading a depraved life? That's what they all do. He should have been given a medal and retired.