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SEOUL – NORTH Korea this month publicly executed two of its citizens for handling propaganda leaflets floated across the border by South Korean groups, one of the activists said on Monday.

North Korean executes 2

An army officer who pocketed dollar bills enclosed with the leaflets was shot along with a 45-year-old woman who concealed one of the flyers, said Choi Sung-Yong.

He said the executions were carried out on January 3 at Sariwon, 45 kilometres south of Pyongyang, in front of 500 spectators following a special ideological session on the leaflets.

Mr Choi, citing a source in Sariwon, told AFP that six members of the victims’ families had been sent to a camp for political prisoners.

‘North Korea apparently carried out the executions to teach a lesson to its people,’ Mr Choi said.

He said the regime appeared to have tightened ideological control as it grooms the youngest son of leader Kim Jong-Il as eventual successor to his father. Among those forced to watch the killings were about 50 relations of former South Korean prisoners of war and abductees, he said. — AFP

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