Son of Purged Aide Escapes Forced Repatriation to NK

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Son of Purged Aide Escapes Forced Repatriation to NK Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE By Daily NK – 2014.11.20 10:46am A North Korean student attending universityin Paris has reportedly been in hiding for over two weeks after escaping a forced repatriation byPyongyang’s security officials en route to the airport.The student, surnamed Han, is known to be theson of one of Jang Song Taek’s aides, who was purgedalong with the former top official. This move seems to be part of the protracted purges being carried out since late last year in North Korea.North Korean state security officials fromone of Pyongyang’s embassies based in Europe enteredthe student’s home, confiscated his passport and mobilephone, and attempted to drag him to the airport to send him back to North Korea, according tolocal Korean sources.The student, who was studying architecturein France–well aware of his father having been executed and his families andrelatives being sent off to political prison camps–succeeded in escaping onhis way to the airport.French police and officials from the school in which Han is enrolled have been trying to track him down.France and North Korea have not establisheddiplomatic ties; however, Paris has allowed Pyongyang to open a mission in itscountry and engages in exchanges with the country, although limited. In 2011, theFrench government invited ten North Korean students [all thought to be children of high-ranking officials], including Han, to study atits two most renowned architecture schools, Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette and L’ecole d’architectureBelleville. If the alleged forced repatriation turns out to be true, the issue is expected to become a source of diplomatic bickering between the two countries. The North’s security officials, who tried to escort the student back home, areknown to have come from a third country bordering with France–potentially creating a source of tension between that state and Pyongyang.center_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more