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Ri Yong-jin (died August 2016) was a senior official in the Ministry of Education of North Korea. He was executed for disrespect towards the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in August 2016.


Ri Yong-jin was a general of the Korean People's Army of North Korea as well as a Ministry of Education official, and he rose to a senior position in the ministry. Ri dozed off during a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2016, so he was arrested on site and questioned by the state security ministry before being convicted of corruption. In August 2016, Ri Yong-jin and Vice-Minister of Agriculture Hwang Min were both executed by anti-aircraft gunfire in front of a military academy in a public execution for going against Kim.

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