A North Korean man has been executed by firing squad in front of 500 people for illegally selling music and films, it is reported.
Authorities branded the man, whose surname is Lee, as an “anti-socialist element” for trading the videos that included dramas and movies from South Korea and he was killed last Thursday, a Daily NK source said.
His family were forced to stand in the front row of the crowd of 500 people to see the execution in Wonsan, Gangwon province – 40 days after he was arrested.
Lee, was a chief engineer at the Wonsan Farming Management Commission and he was caught by the daughter of his “people’s unit” leader while secretly selling CDs and USBs with the South Korean content.
“This was the first execution in Gangwon Province for anti-socialist acts under the anti-reactionary thought law,” the cruel North Korean authorities reportedly ruled on Lee.
They continued: “Lee’s wife, son, and daughter collapsed where they were standing in the front row of the execution area. While everyone watched, ministry of state security officials picked them up and loaded them into a cargo truck with barred windows for transport to a political prisoner camp.
“The family’s neighbours burst into tears when they saw the four security guards picking up Lee’s collapsed wife and throwing her [into the van] like a piece of luggage, but they had to clamp their mouths shut and weep in silence for fear of being caught in the criminal act of having compassion for a reactionary.”