NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG-UN'S EX-GIRLFRIEND AND 11 OTHERS REPORTEDLY EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD
August 20, 2013: The ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim-Jong-un and 11 others well-known performers were executed by firing squad, reports said on 28 August.
The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that singer Hyon Song-wol and 11 others, including Mun Kyong-jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra, had been arrested on 17 August for violating North Korea's laws against pornography and were executed three days later.
The paper reported that the condemned, all members of the performing groups Unhasu Orchestra and Wangjaesan Light Music Band, were accused of making videos of themselves having sex and selling the videos, which the paper reported were available in China.
"They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on," a source told the paper. The source added that the victims' families appear to have all been sent to prison camps.
A source said some allegedly had Bibles in their possession, and all were treated as political dissidents.
Kim Jong-un reportedly met Hyon Song-wol approximately 10 years ago, before he was married. The relationship between the two is believed to have ended after interference from Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, though the two had been rumored to be having an affair. (Sources: Chosun Ilbo, 28/08/2013)