Acts of revenge against North Korean judges are on the rise. People who had served prison terms on trumped up charges are seeking justice.
In 2015, the North Korean authorities had issued stern warnings against those who sought revenge by denigrating the gravesites of former judges. These warnings were effective for a while, but the acts of revenge have become more frequent starting last year. These acts of revenge are not limited to digging up the graves of the former judges. People are engaging in violent acts including murder against live people.
A source in HamKyungBukdo said, “More than 70 killings have occurred this year against police officers. The officers do not go around alone at night. Statistics concerning the State Security agents and prosecutors are not available.”
Another source from YangGangDo said, “Defacing gravesites was the usual mode of seeking revenge, but now, they are targeting judges and members of their family.”
The head of investigations in ChongJin was killed by bricks while riding his bicycle. The perpetrator turned out to be someone who had served eight years of prison time on trumped-up charges.
A twenty-one-year-old daughter of the Chief of Investigation of Hyesan City State Security Agency was stabbed to death on her way home in 2016.
According to the sources, the judges and officials have become afraid of the acts of revenge, and some even ask for the understanding prior to commencing investigation, i.e., “It is my bad luck that I was nabbed to investigate you.”
The source from YangGangDo said that “Judges and officials tell their family not to perform a funeral service when they die. They don’t want a tombstone, either, fearing that people would deface their graves.”
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