North Korea does not play around with rule breakers

I’m all for the tough-on-crime stance.  I feel we in America are too soft on many criminals.  A company my mother used to work for had an employee killed while on travel to China by someone who broke in to his hotel room with intent to steal stuff.  When the criminal was caught, he was executed the day after his trial where he was found guilty.  Swift, direct, and sure to cut down on repeat offenses.

All that said, I think the North Korean version of “justice” might be a little beyond acceptable.

A North Korean factory boss accused of making international phone calls was executed by a firing squad in front of 150,000 people, it emerged today.

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The factory chief’s death last month came as executions in the communist dictatorship began increasing after a seven-year decline in the number of people publicly killed.

Of course, this is the country where the leader has changed the “educational” system to indicate that everything useful was invented by previous dictator, the so-called “Great Leader” who is also revered as deific.

This execution was carried out because the person supposedly installed equipment which allowed him to make phone calls outside of North Korea, but North Koreans are prohibited from communicating outside the country.  Except, of course, the current leader, who considers him an internet expert (note: I don’t think hours of pr0n surfing every day qualify one to be an internet expert – otherwise I would be a highly skilled, high-level internet expert).

And the execution alone clearly was not enough loss of life, as more people died as they left the stadium in which the execution took place:

And six people were also crushed to death and 34 others injured in an apparent stampede as they left after the execution, it was claimed.

That is just so sad.  I feel sorry for the citizens of the country, really.

[tags]North Korea, execution, Human rights’ abuse[/tags]