Two people died of heart attack apparently after their wives, too physicians, administered them with drug to counteract effects of alcohol
North Korea is no stranger to unexplained deaths among its citizens, but the simultaneous and abrupt collapse of two of its expatriate physicians at the weekend has generated high levels of intrigue even by Pyongyangs standards.
The doctors, An Hyong-chan, 56, and Chol Ri-mun, 50, died in the Cambodian uppercase, Phnom Penh, sometime on Friday or early on Saturday after losing heart attack. That they died at around the same period from the same cause and in the same spot is merely the opening up of the tale.
The servicemen, who worked at a clinic that likewise helped as their home in the citys Tuol Kork district, apparently croaked after their wives also doctors administered them with an unnamed narcotic to counterbalance the effects of an night of heavy drinking.
The dames proliferated concerned after their partners developed deliriums, abnormal heartbeats and weak pulsations after the couples returned home from a nighttime out with 10 other North Koreans, during which the two men had sucked numerous concoctions, according to the Phnom Penh Post.
The females told local police the government has introduced their spouses with a drug and a serum to offset the effects of the alcohol, and that “the mens” expired of heart attacks about an hour afterward, the newspaper said.
The dames reported the deaths to the North Korean embassy in Phnom Penh, which then notified local authorities on Saturday afternoon, hours after the men expired. Police arrived to find 14 Northern korean at the couples residence, includes the dead men and their spouses.
While North Korean authorities accepted the womens history, the manner of medical doctors demises sparked gues online. When it comes to mysterious or only partly explained fatalities, the highly secretive regime has form.
Only last week, North Korean state media reported the fatality in a vehicle clang of Kim Yang-gon, describes the state-run Korean Central News Agency( KCNA) as ruler Kim Jong-uns closest comrade.
KCNA returned few details of the incident. North Korea has few cars on the road, even in the capital, Pyongyang.
In 2013 North Korea lashed out at South Koreas reptile media after they reported the mass execution of various musicians, apparently to keep the honour of Kims wife.
Within hours, newspapers around the world recited South Korean am of the view that Hyon Song-wol, rumoured to be Kims ex-lover, was among a dozen performers implemented for infringing pornography statutes. Kims wife, Ri Sol-ju, was a vocalist with the Unhasu Orchestra one of the groups involved before marriage the North Korean leader.
The theory speedily unraveled when Hyon addressed their own nationals masters session in May the following year. Further confirmation that rumours of her death had been greatly exaggerated came when Hyon was seen in Beijing last month as part of an ill-fated friendship tour by the North Korean propaganda group The Moranbong Band.
There is no doubt that Kim Jong-un prescribed the execution of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, in 2013, but widely reported hearsays that Jang was stripped naked and fed to a pack of starving pups turned out to be the invention of a spiteful sign on a Chinese social network.
It is far more likely that Jang, once one of North koreans more influential servicemen until he was accused of struggling a power grasp, was executed by firing squad.
Police investigating this weekends deaths in Cambodia were originally suspicious of the wives notes, since one of the men had scratch differentiates on his chest and stomach.
Later, police said they were satisfied that the victim himself had caused the harms while clawing himself during his heart attack.
The North Korean embassy has also accepted the partners explanation and considers the matter shut, the Phnom Penh Post said.