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N. Korea confiscating properties of the rich who refuse to pay bribes: report

All Headlines 18:01 August 31, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- North Korean security officials are confiscating the properties of rich people who refuse to pay bribes, a Seoul-based news outlet said Wednesday.

Citing a source from the North's Ryanggang Province, the Daily NK reported senior officials of the local government's security forces are targeting the newly affluent North Korean class called "donju" so as to extort money.

In Hyesan city alone this year, some 20 donju fell prey to officials, according to the news outlet specializing in the communist country.

Literally meaning "masters of money," donju are people who made money through business ventures. They have also become increasingly influential.

These newly affluent people are often deported to political prison camps if they fail to offer bribes to security officials, the media report claimed.

"If they are lucky, they are expelled to the remote mountainous areas, but usually they are sent to concentration camps," the source said.

The insider also said the security officials are keen to confiscate all assets owned by the donjus and offer this to the Pyongyang regime as a "loyalty fund." He added that security officials siphon off some of the assets for themselves.

According to the informant, a female donju who recently refused to give sexual favors to a security official was labeled as a spy and an "impure element" by authorities.

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