Kim Jong Nam: M’sia to return body, says death will not affect ties with N Korea
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Kim Jong Nam: M’sia to return body, says death will not affect ties with N Korea

NORTH Korean embassy has confirmed that the North Korean man assassinated in Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday was in fact Kim Jong Nam, estranged half-brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, talking to the press for the first time on Thursday, confirmed the news according to Melissa Goh of Channel News Asia.

Zahid also stated that the body will be released to North Korea in accordance to proper legal procedure after the post-mortem report is out.

He was quoted as saying “We will facilitate a request by any foreign government…although there are some procedures to be followed and our policies that we have to honour.”

The existing close ties between Malaysia and North Korea will not be affected by the incident of Jong Nam’s death, Zahid went on to say, as the accusation that the assassination was carried out by the North Korean regime is currently just speculation.

This comes after both suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam were remanded for seven days to assist with the investigation, the New Straits Times reported.

Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat confirmed that police obtained a seven-day remand order against the two women, which takes effect today.

Magistrate Sharifah Muhaymin Abd Khalib granted the remand order against the duo, who are believed to be involved in the murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother.

Both women were arrested in separate incidents. Local police confirmed that the second suspect was arrested in the early hours of Thursday.

Inspector General of Police Khalid Bin Abu Bakar said in a statement that a woman with an Indonesian passport was arrested at 2am on Thursday.

The woman was identified as Siti Aishah and the date of birth in the passport was listed as Feb 11, 1992.

“Based on her passport, she was from Serang in Indonesia.

“She was identified based on CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of arrest, ” Khalid said, as reported by The Star.

Her boyfriend, a Malaysian man, was also arrested this morning in connection with Kim’s murder, a senior police source told ChannelNewsAsia.

“Investigation continues. Actions against suspect/suspects will be taken in accordance with the law,” the police statement said.

The earlier arrest of the first suspect occurred on Wednesday, two days after Jong Nam’s death.

SEE ALSO: Kim Jong Nam’s suspected assassin arrested at KL International Airport

Police said she was alone when she was picked up, and held travel documents in the name of Doan Thi Huong, showed a birth date of May 1988 and birthplace of Nam Dinh, Vietnam.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim confirmed that the first suspect detained was the same woman whose image was captured by CCTV footage showing her wearing a white shirt with the letters “LOL” on the front.


A screenshot of the CCTV footage showing the image of one of the two alleged female operatives who assassinated Kim Jong Un. Image via Twitter

The suspect was due to appear in court today but will remain in custody following the successful remand application by the police at the Sepang police headquarters.

According to police, four male suspects are also being sought in connection with the incident.

“Police are looking for a few others, all foreigners,” Deputy Inspector-General Noor Rashid Ibrahim told Reuters, declining to give their nationalities.

Prior to Thursday’s arrest, it was reported that North Korean officials had spent hours on Wednesday evening trying to talk Malaysia out of conducting an autopsy on Kim Jong Nam’s body.

According to Reuters, Malaysian authorities previously refused the request.

SEE ALSO: Malaysia refuses North Korean request to stop autopsy on body of Kim Jong Nam

Kim Jong Nam, 45, was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s budget airline terminal early on Monday after it is alleged two female assassins poisoned him.

Jong Nam, who was travelling alone at about 9am local time on Monday complained to airport staff that he felt ‘dizzy’ after an unknown person swabbed his face with an unknown object.

Both U.S. and South Korean sources believe the assassination to be the work of the North Korean regime.

Additional reporting by Reuters