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North Korea: leader Kim Jong-un's uncle 'executed for treason'

North Korea: leader Kim Jong-un's uncle 'executed for treason'
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Previously considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, Jang Song-taek, uncle of leader Kim Jong-un, has been executed.

North Korea’s news agency KCNA said he was executed immediately after a military tribunal found him guilty of treason for seeking to overthrow the state.

“The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as trying 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.” said KCNA in a statement.

Days before, armed guards had removed Jang, the former vice Chairman of the National Defence Commission, from a Communist Party meeting. He was then stripped of all official responsibilities.

Jang was viewed as a major player in North Korean politics, and had mentored Kim Jong-un during his early leadership of the state.

The execution is considered the biggest upheaval in North Korean politics since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father in 2011.