It is known that North Korea plans to issue a special amnesty in early next year. Through this, the North Korean authorities are expected to publicize Chairman Kim Jong-un’s compassionate leadership.
According to a high-ranking source inside Daily NK on the 31st, the North Korean authorities have ordered special pardons for many of the prisoners at the Kwanliso (political prison camps) and correctional centers under the Ministry of Social Safety to commemorate the 80th anniversary of next year’s Gwangmyeong Holy Day (February 16, Kim Jong-il’s birthday).
To this end, from the beginning of October to the middle of this month, the first selection of candidates was carried out at each local management office and correctional center, and now the correctional department instructors (safety officers) from each correctional facility are recruited by the Social Safety Rehabilitation Bureau (Minheung-dong, Moranbong District, Pyongyang City). is temporarily mobilized to the screening division, and the final selection of pardons and commutation of prisoners is in progress.
It is known that the Ministry of Social Safety will notify each correctional officer on the 3rd of next month, the first working day of the new year, to notify the person subject to the ambassadorial order.
However, in light of existing customs, it is expected that pardons or commutation of sentences will be given to those subject to the Great Decree a week ago.
Usually, when the authorities announce a plan for the ambassadorial order, it was not uncommon for those in power or residents who obtained information to bribe social safety officials and ask for special pardons from family members or acquaintances.
However, in this case, Jang Jeong-nam, who was appointed as the Minister of Social Security in July, threatened to severely punish any corruption in the process of selecting subjects for the ambassadorial order.
Therefore, despite the fact that the selection process for pardons has been going on for more than two months within the social safety, it is said that the fact that the ambassador was issued was not known.
In the midst of this, the exact size of the number of the ambassador is unknown, but next year, the 110th anniversary of the Sun’s Day (April 15, Kim Il-sung’s birthday) and the 80th anniversary of the Gwangmyeongseongjeol (stone) overlap, a fairly large special amnesty will be made. That’s what the source said.
According to the sources, the order included orders for model inmates in the kwanliso to be transferred to a detention facility with better conditions or to release the inmates’ families by 15 from each kwanliso.
In addition, it is expected that prison sentences for prisoners at the Kyohwaso will be reduced from up to six years to at least six months with this ordinance.
However, the ordinance did not include inmates at Danryeondae, who were sentenced to up to six months of labor training, detainees in detention centers currently under trial, or detainees awaiting trial.
In addition, inmates in a political prison camp under the Ministry of State Security, which are known to not receive pardons or reduced sentences in any case, were also excluded from this ordinance.
On the other hand, as the number of inmates is expected to decrease significantly due to this ambassador’s ordinance, it is understood that the Ministry of Social Safety is planning to conduct a large-scale crackdown to replenish the number of prisoners.
Kwanliso or correctional centers are unwelcome measures for security guards who act as prison guards because they use the labor of inmates to make profits on farms, pastures, or handicraft factories.
“Recently, safety crackdowns have increased and the number of detainees has increased significantly,” the source said.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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