Man arrested in Kim Jong-nam murder investigation

Feb 18, 2017
Kim Jong-nam. - AP file photo.
Kim Jong-nam. – AP file photo.

A fourth person has been detained by the police over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, reported The Star Online.

The man was one of four being hunted by the police in the case involving Jong-nam, who is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The news portal reported that it is learnt that the suspect was arrested during a police raid at a condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama at about 11pm Friday.

“The 47-year-old suspect was found to be holding a North Korean passport at the time of arrest,” said the portal.

Police are still looking for three more men in the investigation into Jong-nam’s murder.

An Indonesian, Siti Aisyah had been arrested at a hotel in Ampang at 2am Thursday while her boyfriend had been picked up by police to assist with investigations.

The first suspect, a woman holding a Vietnamese passport with the name Doan Thi Huong, was arrested at KL International Airport 2 as she was preparing to board a flight to Vietnam.

The 45-year-old Jong-nam was killed by two women who had splashed his face with a chemical at the KLIA2 departure hall on Monday morning.

He was about to leave for Macau.

Bernama in quoting China’s Xinhua news agency, meanwhile, reported that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) would “categorically reject” the post mortem conducted by Malaysia on its national who died here on Monday and demanded the immediate transfer of the body.

“The Malaysian side forced the post mortem without our permission and witnessing, we will categorically reject the result of the post mortem conducted unilaterally excluding our attendance,” DPRK’s ambassador Kang Chol said in a statement delivered to the media outside the forensic department of Hospital Kuala Lumpur late Friday.

The victim, whom the Malaysian authorities claimed as Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.