Baku, February 11, AZERTAC
The chief of North Korea's military was executed this month on corruption and other charges, sources familiar with North Korean affairs said, according to Yonhap news agency.
Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, also faced charges of pursuing personal gains, the sources said.
According to one source, Ri was executed last week around the time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a joint meeting of the North's ruling Workers' Party and the military.
Ri, who was appointed to the post in 2013, had won Kim's favor and accompanied him on various inspection trips to military exercises and the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces, the equivalent of the South's Defense Ministry, until last month.