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

Fourth suspect arrested in Kim Jong Nam murder case

Fourth suspect arrested in Kim Jong Nam murder case

Speaking to reporters outside the morgue late on Friday, Pyongyang's ambassador said Malaysian officials might be "trying to hide something" and "colluding with hostile forces".

Kim Jong-Nam told staff he was suffering from a headache and was taken to the airport clinic grimacing in pain, according to Malaysian media citing CCTV footage from the airport.

Pyongyang, however, said on Saturday that it would flatly reject Malaysia's autopsy report on the case, accusing Kuala Lumpur of "colluding with outside forces", in a veiled reference to South Korea, its arch-rival.

Malaysian Police has claimed that four North Koreans were tracking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un?s estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam, from a distance and carried out his murder.

"The Malaysian side forced the post-mortem without our permission and witnessing", Kang told reporters outside the hospital late on Friday.

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. Kim managed to make it to a desk to ask for help but died before reaching the hospital.

On Friday, Indonesia's police chief said an Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank.

The Malaysian police has detained four people in connection with the case, which includes two women, one travelling on a Vietnamese passport and other on Indonesian documents, for interrogation. The women were supposedly paid $100 to get men to close their eyes and then spray them with water; apparently, the last man was Kim, and the contents of the sprayer were switched out for something toxic.

After falling out of favor with his father, Kim Jong Nam lived in exile in Macau, a Chinese island known as a gambling mecca. "(Aisyah) was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents".

The first suspect, a 28-year-old woman detained Wednesday at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where the attack occurred, was carrying a Vietnamese passport with the name Doan Thi Huong, police said. "We will categorically reject the result of the post mortem".

"So we strongly condemn the Malaysian side act, we can not understand about the reason [.] and we will sue this matters to the International Court", he told the press.

Police did not confirm who provided the sprayer to the suspects.

But a different theory holds that Kim Jong-nam's ties to South Korea, not China, are what made him so risky to the regime.

A North Korean spy jailed by South Korea in 2012 is said to have admitted trying to organise a hit-and-run accident targeting him.

A 26-year-old Malaysian man, said by police to be the boyfriend of the Indonesian woman, has been arrested, as well.

Malaysian police said on Friday it would not release the body until it receives DNA samples from his next-of-kin. He would not say how long that process might take.

It would be the highest-profile death under the watch of the North's young leader Kim Jong-un.

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