THE former girlfriend of Kim Jong-un has been executed by firing squad in a dramatic porn scandal as the North Korean despot’s totalitarian regime continues its brutal grip.

Claims are being made by the South China Morning Post that singer Hyon Song-wol was gunned down in front of her family just three days after being arrested for breaching North Korean pornography laws, South Korea’s largest daily newspaper reported.

Hyon, who first met Kim about a decade ago, was among a dozen well-known performers executed with machineguns.

The dead – members of the Unhasu Orchestra and the Wangjaesan Light Music Band – were accused of filming themselves having sex and selling the tapes.

Seoul-based Chosun Ilbo newspaper also revealed some allegedly had Bibles in their possession, although they were all treated as political dissidents.

Hyon – famous for propaganda songs including Footsteps of Soldiers, I Love Pyongyang and We are Troops of the Party – was a singer with the country’s popular Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble.

“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” a source said.

The families of the executed have allegedly been sent to prison camps under the rogue country’s guilt by association laws.

Kim and Hong dated until his despot dad Kim Jong-il ordered their relationship to end.

They were rumoured to be having an affair despite eventually marrying other people, with Kim’s new wife Ri Sol-ju herself a former member of the Unhasu Orchestra.

“Kim Jong-un has been viciously eliminating anyone who he deems a challenge to his authority,” a source told Chosun Ilbo, adding the executions “show that he is fixated on consolidating his leadership”.

source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au