N. Korea's military chief executed on corruption charges say sources
(MENAFN- Asia Times) Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil (front right)
Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army also faced charges of pursuing personal gains the sources said.
According to one source Ri was executed last week around the time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a joint meeting of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party and the military.
Ri who was appointed to the post in 2013 had won Kim’s favor and accompanied him on various inspection trips to military exercises and the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces the equivalent of the South’s Defense Ministry until January.
However he was absent from the joint meeting of the party and the military as well as from events in Pyongyang that celebrated the successful launch of a satellite on Sunday.
In listing the leaders present at the celebrations the North’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper did not mention Ri and instead listed Gen. Ri Myong-su in his place.
It is hardto verify the report coming out of the isolated nationbut General Ri fell out of favour with Kim since since 2014.Read More
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