North Korean leader’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, who was assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), was believed to have been travelling using a passport bearing a different name.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement on Tuesday that based on travel documents, Jong-nam was travelling with the passport number 836410070 under the name “Kim Chol.”
Khalid said, the date of birth indicated in the passport was June 1970 and the place of birth was given as Pyongyang.
“Investigation is in progress and a post-mortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death,” he said.
Born on May 10, 1971, Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
He was said to have been living in exile and was an advocate for reform, who had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state and was estranged from the young North Korean leader.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said: “If the murder of Kim Jong Nam was confirmed to be committed by the North Korean regime, that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong Un regime.”
South Korea is acutely sensitive to any sign of potential instability in North Korea and is still technically in a state of war with its impoverished and nuclear-armed neighbour.
Asked during a news briefing if the murder of Kim Jong Nam was confirmed, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said: “Yes, I have said it is confirmed.”
South Korea’s TV Chosun, a cable-TV network, cited multiple South Korean government sources saying that Kim had been poisoned with a needle by two women believed to be North Korean operatives who fled in a taxi.
However, further details could not be confirmed as the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur would not speak to reporters gathered outside its gate and refused them entry.
Report: Kim Jong-un’s half-brother assassinated in KLIA