Via the Detroit Free Press:
A jarring report out of North Korea that claims Kim Jong Un’s former girlfriend was executed by a firing squad last week.
Chosun Ilbo, an English language newspaper in South Korea, said unnamed sources in China told it that Hyon Song Wol was arrested on Aug. 17 along with about a dozen others; Hyon was a singer, and a number of the others were members of the Unhasu Orchestra.
They were accused of making a sex tape and selling it and were shot three days later for violating the country’s pornography laws. A source said some allegedly had Bibles in their possession, and all were treated as political dissidents.
Perhaps also unsurprisingly, the wife of the dictator also seems like a hugely jealous crone:
Chosun Ilbo said it is unclear if Kim’s wife had anything to do with the deaths; before becoming the spouse of the “dear leader” she was also in that same orchestra. Kim had reportedly known Hyon for about 10 years, and their relationship ended at the orders of Kim Jong Il, though rumors have persisted that the two were having an affair.
Despots are apparently like celebrities – “just like us.”