Kim Jong Nam Assassins: Three Suspects Arrested

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 17, 2017

Malaysian media cite government sources saying the closed-circuit footage caught two women approaching Kim.

Also Wednesday, Malaysian police arrested a woman carrying Vietnamese travel documents bearing the name Doan Thi Huong at the Kuala Lumpur airport budget terminal, where Kim Jong Nam was attacked. Here's what we know so far.

He was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 after being poisoned by two female operatives on Monday. They were concerned enough to take him to the on-premises clinic. He quickly fell ill and died en route to a hospital.

I suppose it's one way to ensure you blend into the crowd.

Then on Wednesday, South Korea's Lee Cheol Woo, the chairman of the country's National Assembly Intelligence Committee, publicly declared Kim had been murdered.

The post-mortem was delayed from Monday, when the murder took place, because North Korean officials tried to stop it on grounds that their government has jurisdiction over the body, according to the official.

A female AirAsian staffer escorted Kim Jong Nam to the airport clinic and sat him down in an armchair, where he suddenly shut his eyes and slumped over, his face twisted in pain, NST said.

A source with ties to North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that North Korea had no motive to kill Kim Jong Nam and that North Korea has requested that his body be returned.

But Malaysia would release the body only after the official procedures were followed, deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told reporters Thursday.

Kim Shin-jo, who was involved in the failed 1968 commando raid on the South Korean Blue House, where the president resides, said that before their missions, agents were told that their actions would liberate South Korea from USA imperialists.

The assassination, if confirmed, could have been ordered over reports stating that Kim Jong-nam was readying to defect, analysts have said. He didn't provide any evidence.

Kim told medical workers that he'd been sprayed with a chemical, similar to previous attacks with poison-tipped pens linked to North Korean assassins.

"We are still waiting for the next-of-kin application, we have not received it yet", the police chief said.

This image provided by Star TV, shows a woman suspect, left, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. One woman wore a shirt with the letters "LOL" on the front. He was identified as Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin. Four other men also were being sought.

Malaysian media reported Thursday that the second woman to be arrested after the killing was an Indonesian. No charges have been laid. "There is no reason for [North] Korea to kill him".

Kim Jong Nam had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed North Korea.

However, Kim Jong-nam refrained from openly criticizing the North and kept a low profile after Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of his uncle and former protector Jang Song-thaek, once considered the country's secondmost powerful person, in 2013.

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