Responsible for delaying the construction of Pyongyang General Hospital, acting as Chief of Staff of Heroes 1st Brigade

Pyongyang General Hospital construction site (2020) / Photo = Rodong Sinmun News1

A high-ranking executive who was in charge of the construction of Pyongyang General Hospital was later reported to have been imprisoned at the Seungho-ri training camp. According to the source, he was responsible for the delay in construction due to a lack of materials and went to the training camp.

A Pyongyang source told Daily NK on the 30th, “In early April, the chief of staff of the 1st Hero Brigade, who was in charge of the construction of the Pyongyang General Hospital, was imprisoned in Seungho-ri (danryondae). Because it became a problem with censorship,” he said.

In July 2020, Chairman Kim Jong-un visited the construction site of the Pyongyang General Hospital and rebuked the lack of progress and ordered a complete replacement of the command. He was asked to take responsibility for the sluggish construction of the Pyongyang General Hospital, one of the projects he emphasized.

However, the progress of the construction did not improve after that, so North Korea demoted the commander of the Guards Heroes Brigade, one of the key managers of the construction of Pyongyang General Hospital, from lieutenant general to supreme commander. …Aftermath of completion of Pyongyang General Hospital)

As such, it is said that North Korea whipped the construction of the Pyongyang General Hospital by changing the construction command and downgrading the censorship.

North Korea originally planned to complete the hospital by October 10, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Party, but there has been no news of the completion of the Pyongyang General Hospital.

The source said, “It was a discipline sentence that he received to ask for responsibility, but he was sent to Seungho-ri because he could not be sent to the place of general reform (North Korean language for open war, repenting of mistakes and correcting one’s mind). could be,” he said.

The Seunghori training camp, where the chief of staff of the Heroes 1st Brigade is currently imprisoned, was originally operated as a political prison camp (kwanliso). However, North Korea is said to have recently repurposed the site as a dedicated detention facility for high-ranking officials and secret service personnel. It is said that the facility is being operated not as a facility to completely isolate prisoners from society, but as a facility for temporary accommodation and education.

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Accordingly, it is known that those who were imprisoned at the Seungho-ri Kwanliso before the change of use were transferred to another Kwanliso. An actual source said, “All of the existing management targets have been transferred to Kwanliso No. 17.”

In fact, according to the survey conducted by this newspaper, as of June of this year, the number of prisoners at Camp 17 increased by about 2,400 compared to the survey conducted in July of last year. This is similar to the number of inmates in the Seungho-ri camp, which was previously estimated at 21,000.

Meanwhile, it is reported that, in addition to the chief of staff of the 1st Hero Brigade, a number of people involved in the construction of the Pyongyang General Hospital were punished for delaying construction and diverting materials.

The source said, “All nine officers took off their uniforms due to a shortage of high-quality imported and domestic materials such as steel, civil engineering, cement, iron plates, glass, and tiles. , sentenced to 11 years in prison.”

However, it is not known exactly whether they were sent to the Seunghori training camp.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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