The once powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been executed for a string of alleged crimes.
State news agency KCNA announced his death early on Friday, branding General Jang Song-Thaek a “traitor”.
Gen Jang was executed on Thursday shortly after a special military trial, the agency reported, after committing such a “hideous crime as 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”.
South Korean media said they believed he was killed by machine gun – a relatively common form of execution in the North.
The announcement came days after Pyongyang said that Gen Jang had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanising, generally leading a “dissolute and depraved life” and “dreaming different dreams”.
He was once considered the second most powerful official in the North.
He was seen as helping Mr Kim consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il, two years ago.
Gen Jang was the latest and most significant in a series of personnel reshuffles that Mr Kim conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power. see more