Malaysian diplomat to Pyongyang defends Jong Nam’s murder probe

 |Feb 21, 2017
Malaysia’s ambassador to Pyongyang Mohamad Nizan Mohamad  pix credit mcclatchy-wires.com
Malaysia’s ambassador to Pyongyang Mohamad Nizan Mohamad pix credit mcclatchy-wires.com

Malaysia’s ambassador to Pyongyang Mohamad Nizan Mohamad has defended the probe into the death of Kim Jong Nam

According to Associated Press (AP) report, Nizan spoke in Beijing, while in transit to Malaysia to where he had been recalled following Kim Jong Nam’s death last week.

Nizan rejecting accusations from the North that the probe was politically tinged.

Jong Nam appeared to have been poisoned at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport and police have so far arrested four people carrying identity documents from North Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Those arrested include two women who were allegedly seen approaching Kim on Feb. 13 as he stood at a ticketing kiosk at the budget terminal of the Kuala Lumpur airport.

North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol on Monday denounced the country’s investigation into Kim’s death, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe.

Malaysia’s foreign ministry responded that the ambassador’s comments were “culled from delusions, lies and half-truths.”

Nizan further added that Malaysian investigators were proceeding in a professional manner and would “be very objective and fair to everybody.”

“I think the investigation is still ongoing, so just wait and see for that. And we can assure you of the impartiality of the investigation itself because there is no reason for us to be sided with anybody,” Nizan said.

The attack took on added political dimensions when Malaysia refused demands by North Korean diplomats to turn over Kim’s body and proceeded with at least one autopsy over the diplomats’ objections.