Six North Koreans are executed by firing squad after attempting to smuggle DIRECTORY out of country
- Six residents of the capital Pyongyang were executed late last year
- They were charged with treason for trying to take the phone book out of the country
- North Korean phone book considered secret document with figures selling for up to around £ 5,700 in China
Six North Koreans were executed by firing squad after attempting to smuggle the country’s phone book out, it has been reported.
Residents of the capital Pyongyang were executed late last year for treason for trying to disclose the contents of a directory to the outside world.
Their relatives were expelled from the city and exiled to the countryside. North Korea’s telephone directory is considered a secret document.
Six North Koreans were executed by firing squad after attempting to smuggle the country’s phone book out, it has been reported. File photo shows North Korean soldiers in a military parade
It contains the phone numbers of factories and businesses, directors, party chairmen and other senior officials and office numbers and can sell for up to around £ 5,700 in China.
A source told the Daily NK website that the decision highlights the authorities’ determination to maintain internal information security.
“Authorities relayed the message to legal organizations through conference documents indicating that at the end of last year six residents of Pyongyang who attempted to distribute a phone book outside the country were executed. “.
“It has been pointed out that those who commit such acts can be punished at any time,” a senior source in the capital told Daily NK in a phone call.
Residents of the capital Pyongyang were executed late last year for treason for trying to disclose the contents of a directory to the outside world. Pictured: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
The conference material explained, ‘A phone book can be sold for 50,000 yuan in Chinese currency. These individuals chose to commit treason in order to avoid working hard to earn money ”.
The severity with which the sentence was applied is said to be linked to the fact that the crime was committed in Pyongyang, the “capital of the revolution” where the country’s most loyal subjects are said to reside.
“The families of the six people executed have been deported to the area of Hwanghae province,” another source said in Pyongyang.
“The party leadership, military and political leadership of the country are all concentrated in the city of Pyongyang.
Many executives entering and leaving the country also reside in Pyongyang.
This explains why the authorities reacted so strongly to prevent information about them from leaving the country.