This is the dramatic moment that the once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was hauled away by police from a political meeting.
Long regarded as the second most powerful man in the secretive state, Jang Song Thaek was key to his nephew’s rise to power. However, North Korean state-run news agency KCNA announced Monday that he had “led a dissolute and depraved life” and said he had been dismissed for a string of criminal acts including corruption, womanizing and drug-taking.
“Jang and his followers committed criminal acts baffling imagination and they did tremendous harm to our party and revolution,” the agency said in a report following a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party politburo on Sunday.
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Kim Jong Un attended and “guided” the meeting which decided to dismiss Jang from all his posts and expel him from the Workers’ Party, KCNA said.