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North Korea’s Security Department arrests a man in his 20s on suspicion of espionage… “He eventually died from terrible torture.”

Border guard soldiers belonging to North Korea’s Ministry of State Security. Photo = NK Times

It was reported that a young man in his 20s was arrested by the Military Security Department in Musan County, North Hamgyong Province, on charges of espionage. However, as it became known that a young man arrested by the Musan County Security Department lost his life 20 days after the investigation, residents are said to be shocked and saddened. [This is an English test]

A source from North Hamgyong Province told the NK Times on the 4th, “On the 29th of last month, a young man named Choi (20s, male), who was Musanas a broker in Musan County, was arrested by the Military Security Department on suspicion of espionage and died while being investigated.” “He lost his life due to severe torture.”

According to sources, early last month, Mr. Choi was arrested by the military security department while trying to deliver money to the family of a North Korean defector living in South Korea. In particular, it is reported that Mr. Choi was subjected to terrible torture by the pre-examination officers of the Musan County Security Department from the moment of his arrest, being forced to confess to being a spy.

In fact, during the process of interrogating Mr. Choi, the Musan County Security Department pre-examination officers did not let him sleep in order to get him to confess to ‘spy’ activities, saying, “Don’t you know that if the party communicates with the outside world, the crime of espionage is applied regardless of the reason?” He bent his knees and prevented him from moving.

Additionally, it is said that they subjected him to severe torture by demanding that they divulge the personal information of North Korean defectors in China and South Korea with whom he had been in contact prior to his arrest and the amount of money delivered to their families. The source reported that during this process, the preliminary examiners raised Mr. Choi, who had lost consciousness, sprinkled cold water on him to bring him back to his senses, and then tortured him again, putting him through torture that was difficult for a human being to endure.

In particular, the pre-examination officers of the Musan County Security Department not only did not let Choi sleep for four days before his death, but he was also tortured while hanging upside down for over 60 hours to the point where blood came out of his eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, and ultimately he lost his life. The source explained.

A source said, “In the past, if you were arrested while communicating with the outside world, most cases could be solved by mobilizing your connections or spending money. However, since the coronavirus outbreak, if you are arrested while communicating with the outside world, it is unconditionally considered an act of espionage, regardless of the reason.” Therefore, in reality, if you are arrested by the National Security Agency, you can think of your life as being dead,” he said.

The source said, “Now, even if the residents have done nothing wrong, they just shake their heads when they hear the name of the National Security Agency. They were just struggling to make a living, but the thought of continuing to live in a world like this that takes their lives is bleak.” did.

***This article is a translation based on ChatGPT, so it may not match our NK Times Korean content.

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