Kim Jong-Nam was travelling under the name Kim Chol, embassy confirms

 |Feb 16, 2017
Screenshot of Kim Chol's Facebook page.
Screenshot of Kim Chol’s Facebook page.

The North Korean Embassy has reportedly confirmed that Kim Jong-nam had used a passport under the name Kim Chol to travel.

Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un travelled using an authentic North Korean passport issued under the name Kim Chol, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told the press, as reported by The Star Online.

Ahmad Zahid said the embassy confirmed the identity, adding that was the information given by the police.

He added that they had also looked into the possibility of the passport found being a fake one, but confirmed that it was authentic.

“I think he carries two different identities (passports),” Ahmad Zahid was quoted as saying.

Previously, police confirmed that a North Korean man was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Monday.

South Korean press then reported that the dead North Korean was Jong-nam.

Two women have been arrested in connection with his death, after it was believed that the man was killed following his face having been splashed with a chemical.

The women, one with a Vietnamese travel document and the other an Indonesian passport have been remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations.

Meanwhile, NK News website unearthed a Facebook page under the name ‘Kim Chol’ and quoted a source as confirming that the page belonged to Kim Jong-Nam.

According to the page, Kim Chol said he lived in Macao and studied at the International School of Geneva and at the Lycee francais de Moscou.

The news report said that if the account really did belong to Jong-nam, it indicated that the man was not trying to hide himself from public view.