Liberty Korea Post has learned from its sources inside North Korea that a public execution took place in the HyungJeSan District in Pyongyang City recently. The public execution was witnessed by the management elites connected with service centers from Pyongyang and countryside. The public execution had to do with “SongAk soju incident.”
The SongAk soju incident involved homemade soju products commonly referred to as “minju.” In North Korea, people produce soju at home and sell it at the marketplace (jangmadang). Often, some minju brewers use counterfeit labels from state-operated manufacturers and sell them at at a higher price.
SongAk soju has been a favorite liquor around the Kaesong region, produced by a local state-run factory. A group of minju brewers has been using the SongAk label. Further, this group used cheap methyl alcohol imported from China as an additive, causing deaths and serious harm to consumers.
DailyNK internet newspaper has reported about this incident on May 2, 2019.(https://www.dailynk.com/english/north-korea-launches-investigation-to-track-down-counterfeit-liquor-production/)
The authorities arrested and executed three offenders—one woman and her husband who produced and sold the fatal soju, and the supplier of the methanol. The executioners reportedly used an automatic machine gun