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North Korean Sentenced to Death by Firing Squad After Students Caught Watching Smuggled Copy of Squid Game

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A North Korean man has been sentenced to death for sneaking a copy of Squid Game into the country.

 

The smuggler will be executed by firing squad, after authorities caught a group of students watching the South Korean Netflix drama.

 

According to Radio Free Asia, the man was accused of bringing digital copies of the series back from China, and selling them on USB flash drives.

 

The student who bought the copy was sentenced to life in prison, while six others who watched it were given five years hard labor. Teachers and administrators at the school are also being punished, with some being fired and sent to work in mines.

 

“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” a source in law enforcement in North Hamgyong province told the outlet.

 

“The friend told several other students, who became interested, and they shared the flash drive with them. They were caught by the censors in 109 Sangmu, who had received a tipoff.”

 

109 Sangmu, officially known as Surveillance Bureau Group 109, is a specialized government strike force that hunts down illegal video watchers.

 

While consuming media content from capitalist countries — specifically the US and South Korea — is illegal within the dictatorship and punishable by death, this is the first time the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” law has been applied in a case involving minors, the outlet reported.

 

According to the source, the regime will now “mercilessly interrogate” those arrested to trace every person in the distribution chain, leading to further arrests.

 

“Residents are engulfed by anxiety, as the seven will be mercilessly interrogated until the authorities can find out how the drama was smuggled in with the border closed due to the coronavirus pandemic,” they said. “It means that the bloody winds of investigation and punishment will soon blow.”

 

“The government is taking this incident very seriously, saying that the students’ education was being neglected. The Central Committee dismissed the school principal, their youth secretary, and their homeroom teacher,” the source added.

 

“They were also expelled from the party. It is certain that they will be sent to toil in coal mines or exiled to rural parts of the country, so other school teachers are all worrying that it could happen to them too if one of their students is also caught up in the investigation.”

 

The source also claimed that one of the students, who comes from a wealthy family, was able to escape punishment after his parents bribed authorities with US$3,000.

 

One of the main characters in the show, Player 067 Kang Sae-byeok, played by Jung Ho-yeon, is a North Korean defector who enters the violent games to pay for a broker who can bring her parents across the border.

 

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Bagbin suffers cancer seeks treatment in Dubai

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The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, is battling with cancer and is, therefore, embarking on a trip to the United Arab Emirates to seek medical attention.

Sources close to health authorities in Dubai tell www.myabclive.com that the Speaker is “likely to undergo chemotherapy treatment ” before he returns to Ghana.

In a letter cited by MyAbclive.com written by the Parliamentary Service to the Head of Mission, Ghana Embassy, UAE and the Consular-General in Dubai, details of the Speaker’s trip have been given.

The letter, amongst other things, details the following;

“I have been directed by the Clerk to Parliament to inform you about the arrival of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, in Dubai to undergo a medical review”.

The speaker is traveling with his wife and another relative.
The statement said that the Speaker will be accompanied by the following: Alice Adjua Yornas, his wife, Dr. Prince Kofi Pambo, head of medical at Parliament house, Patience Bagbin, speaker’s secretariat and Justice Norvor, his aide.

It added that Mr. Speaker and his delegation will depart Accra on Saturday, 27 November 2021 at 18.50 hours and arrive in Dubai at 6.20 hours on flight EK788 the next day.

“They will depart Dubai on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 at 7.35 hours and arrive in Accra the same day at 12.05 hours on flight EK787″.

The statement added that “It would be appreciated if arrangements are made for Mr. Speaker and his delegation to be met on arrival and due courtesies extended to them”.

The letter was signed by Sheba Nana Osei Afriyie, Head, Parliamentary Relations and Protocol.

Source: myabclive.com

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Bagbin to undergo medical review in Dubai a day after 2022 budget ‘rejection’

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The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday, November 27 “to undergo a medical review”.

A fax message sighted by 3news.com lists the wife of the Speaker, Mrs Alice Adjua Yornas, Head of the Parliamentary Clinic Dr Prince Pambo, and his Special Aide, Justice Norvor, as part of his delegation.

The fax to the Head of Mission of the Ghana Embassy in UAE said: “Mr Speaker and his delegation will depart Accra on Saturday, 27th November 2021 at 18.50 hours and arrive in Dubai at 6.20 hours on flight EK788 the next day.”

This comes a day after Speaker Bagbin ruled on a motion filed by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, on the 2022 budget statement.

Already, the Majority Caucus, whose members walked out a few moments prior to the ruling, is accusing Mr Bagbin of “mischief” in presiding over the exercise.

They have since declared their intention to have the “illegality” reversed.

Source:3 news.com

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Prempeh College wins 2021 #NSMQ

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Prempeh College has won the 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) to bring their as champions to five.

They won with 53 points as against 49 by the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC.)

Keta came third with 30 points.

KETASCO earned Ghc3000 from Absa Bank as bronze winners.

PRESEC did very well and was close but it was not their year.

The Quiz Mistress congratulated them as she announced their prize as Ghc4900 from Absa Bank.

Declaring Prempeh College as champions, the Quiz Mistress said they go away with Ghc5300

That is not all, they also got the Prudential Bank NSMQ star and Ghc10,000 as the highest scorer from AirtelTigo.

 

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