Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

DPRK citizen arrested in connection with Kim Jong Nam's death

DPRK citizen arrested in connection with Kim Jong Nam's death

Kim Jong Nam was assaulted at the low cost terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday with what is believed to be fast acting poison before he could board a flight to Macau.

At right, Kim Jong Nam, his exiled half-brother, photographed in Narita, Japan, in May 2001.

The Indonesian woman arrested over the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a prank on a TV comedy show, according to Indonesia's national police chief.

A USA government source said America strongly believes North Korean agents carried out the killing.

Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah told Reuters that the autopsy report was not complete yet.

The inspector general of the Royal Malaysia police, Sri Khalid Bin Abu Bakar, said the second woman was detained on Thursday over the death of "a Korean male".

Images of the women were captured on CCTV cameras. He died while being taken to a hospital.

Contributing: Jane Onyanga-Omara reported from London and Thomas Maresca reported from Jakarta, Indonesia.

She checked into a different hotel the next day - and cut off her hair with a pair scissor she'd borrowed from the front desk.

The Malaysian Police on Thursday detained a second woman, an Indonesian, in connection with the murder Nam.

North Korea demanded on Friday night that Kim Jong Nam's body be released immediately. One holds an Indonesian passport, the other, Vietnamese.

The North Korean officials had objected to a postmortem, but Malaysian authorities went ahead with the procedure because they did not receive a formal complaint.

Results of forensic tests on samples taken from the body have not been made public.

Celebrations in Pyongyang to mark the birthday of Kim Jong Il, the late father of both men, have gone ahead without reference to the death.

There have, however, been some local reports that there were no wounds or puncture marks found on Kim Jong Nam's body, meaning that scientists must wait for toxicology results.

Kim has lived in Macau, a Chinese territory and popular gambling destination, since his departure from North Korea years ago.

"Even if it put him in danger, he wanted to tell his opinions to Pyongyang through me or other media", Yoji Gomi said in Tokyo.

"He was sweating all over his body and seemed uncomfortable when he responded to my questions ... he was probably anxious about the impact of his comments and expressions", he said. According to China Press, his last words were: "Very painful, very painful, I was sprayed with liquid".

A North Korean official was pictured looking furious yesterday as a delegation failed to block the autopsy amid claims Jong-nam was trying to defect. These identified him as 46-year-old North Korean citizen Ri Jong Chol.

North Korean diplomats in Malaysia objected to an autopsy and had requested custody of Kim Jong Nam's body, arguing that he had a North Korean passport.

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