The accusation was that Jang Song Thaek trying to seize supreme power as North Korea's leader. In the most florid official language, the charge said that Jang was"attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state." According to a Dec.12 NBC News report, Jang was executed today.
Jang was the uncle, second in power and mentor to Kim Jung-un, North Korea's young and supreme leader. Kim also accused his uncle of womanizing, corruption and drug abuse. To top it off, Jang was called "despicable human scum."
Jang was Kim's uncle by marriage. His wife is Kim Kyong Hui. She is the younger sister of Kim Jong Il, who is Kim's father.
Jang was said to have been setting up separate cabinets and levels of power, which means that hundreds of people could join Jang and the two others who have already been executed.
Kim is notorious for sending relatives and friends of executed persons to the gulag style prisons that were started by his grandfather and continued by his father. The legal policy is called "guilt by association," a horrible process where the families are sent to prison for generations, not for years.
Kim had his own ex-girlfriend and several other entertainers executed under suspicious charges of making a sex tape. Their families were charged with guilt by association and sent to the camps.
Kim maintains labor camp gulags throughout North Korea. He holds generations of people who have never seen the outside world since the Korean war ended. This gives an understanding of the horror and instability of Kim Jung-un. He would send his own uncle to execution, but what about the family and friends of his uncle?