Jang Song-taek's Last Photo Shows Signs of Torture

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-taek appears to have been beaten and tortured in the hours leading up to his execution.

A photo of Jang published in the official Rodong Sinmun daily on Friday showed him slouched in front of a special military court with his hands tied with rope and propped up by two uniformed guards.

Jang looks weak and unable to stand up by himself.

This photo of Jang Song-taek published on the Rodong daily on Friday shows bruises around his eyes and hands. This photo of Jang Song-taek published on the Rodong daily on Friday shows bruises around his eyes and hands.

Clad in a dark blue Mao suit and wearing glasses, Jang appeared little changed from Dec. 9, when he was dragged out of a Workers Party Politburo meeting accused of a raft of crimes against the state. But there are dark bruises around his eyes, while his left hand and left cheek are also dark, suggesting he may have been beaten.

His forehead in the photo looks unusually white, as if makeup had been applied.

Jang was executed right after a military tribunal last week, where the North said he confessed to major crimes including sedition.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 16, 2013 11:21 KST

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