North Korean man arrested over killing of Kim Jong-nam


KUALA LUMPUR-Malaysia Police said on Sunday that four North Korean suspects in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's older half brother left the country on the day of the incident.

"We of course have global cooperation especially with Interpol, bilateral involvement with the country involved, we will go through those avenues to get the people involved", deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ismail told reporters at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Suspects Ri Ji Hyon, O Jong Gil, Ri Jae Nam and Hong Song Sac, aged between 33 and 57, entered Malaysia in February or late January, the police chief said.

He was rushed to hospital suffering from a seizure but was dead before he arrived.

"We will respond strongly to the moves of the hostile forces towards us with their intent to besmirch the image of our republic by politicising this incident", he said.

Meanwhile, police have yet to determine the cause of death pending toxicology and pathological test results.

Police believe the four North Korean operatives orchestrated the murder of Jong Nam, 45, and watched two foreign women carry out the plan from a little distance away.

"Considering North Korea has so far committed crimes against humanity and terror acts, we, together with the worldwide community, are closely watching this brutal, reckless incident with serious concerns", South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon Hee told reporters in Seoul on Sunday.

A senior Malaysian official said the post mortem went ahead because North Korea did not submit a formal protest. But Malaysian investigators say they identified an additional four men - all North Korean - as suspects in the crime.

Kim Jong-Nam died after an unidentified liquid was sprayed in his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, in an attack which South Korea said was orchestrated by its northern neighbour.

South Korea's government alleged the North Korean regime is involved in the poisoning death of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam.

Asked about the assumption, Noor Rashid replied: "I think there is footage being released. and you can interpret from the footage".

The case has sparked a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur, after Malaysia rejected demands quickly to hand the body over to the North.

According to police, the Vietnamese woman works at an entertainment outlet; the Indonesian woman is a spa masseuse; the Malaysian man, who is believed to be a boyfriend of the Indonesian woman, is a caterer; and the North Korean man works in the information technology department of a Malaysian company.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that a Vietnamese rice farmer believes that his sister is one of the four arrested.

Ms Huong grew up in a small rice farming village in Vietnam's Nam Dinh province and left around 10 years ago, former neighbours said, but was always noticed when she came back for visits.