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Capital punishment is a legal form of punishment in North Korea and is used for many offences, such as grand theft, murder, rape, drug smuggling, treason, espionage, political dissidence, defection, piracy, consumption of media not approved by the government, and proselytizing religious ideals that contradict practiced Juche ideology, with current knowledge depending heavily on the accounts of defectors. Executions are carried out by firing squad in public, making North Korea one of the last four countries to still perform public executions, the other 3 being Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.
According to the Daily NK, a pro-democracy online newspaper set up by North Korean exiles in South Korea, a South Korean aid agency reported that a 74 year-old stone cutting factory chief in Suncheon, South Pyongan was executed on October 5, 2007 in front of 170,000 people in Suncheon Stadium for "hiding his father’s credentials and promoting himself as a patriot." Fox News claimed the agency's report said he faced a firing squad for making international phone calls. Six people were crushed to death and thirty-four others injured in a stampede as they left the stadium.