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PUBLISHED: Feb 17, 2017 7:09am

North Korean klia2 murder: 3rd suspect detained is a Malaysia

A still image from a footage broadcast by Chinese state media which they say is believed to show the second woman (wearing yellow top) suspected of involvement in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, February 16, 2017.   CCTV via REUTERS TV

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A still image from a footage broadcast by Chinese state media which they say is believed to show the second woman (wearing yellow top) suspected of involvement in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam - Reuterspic

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KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Feb 2017:

Two foreign women and a local man have been detained so far as police try to get to the bottom of Monday’s alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The identity of the dead man, who had carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, was officially confirmed as Jong-nam by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Police detained at 2am yesterday a second female suspect who was in possession of an Indonesian passport bearing the name Siti Aishah, with 11 Feb 1992 and Serang, Indonesia stated as the date and place of birth.

The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that also detained was a 26-year-old Malaysian man said to be her boyfriend. He was arrested in Ampang at 6pm on Wednesday.

The Indonesian embassy here has sought the permission of the Foreign Ministry to meet the woman bearing the Indonesian passport to verify her identity.

The first female suspect, who was arrested at KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at 8.20am on Wednesday, was in possession of a Vietnamese travel document.

It bore the name Doan Thi Huong, with 31 May 1988 and Nam Dinh cited as the date and place of birth.

The two women were remanded for seven days from yesterday, said Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat. The remand order was made at the  Sepang district police headquarters.

On Monday, Jong-nam was reported to be at klia2 to board a flight to Macau when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with poison.

Jong-nam, who was using the name Kim Chol, was reported to have died on the way to hospital.

Meanwhile, the Chemistry Department said it had received for analysis several samples from the police probing Jong-nam’s death.

The department’s Forensics Division director Dr Cornelia Charito Siricord said the samples were received yesterday evening and would be analysed as soon as possible.

In another development, two Malaysian police officers paid a brief visit to the North Korean embassy in the Malaysian capital in the afternoon, presumably to meet ambassador Kang Chol over the case.

They entered the compound of the embassy at around 12.50pm and left about 15 minutes later without divulging anything to reporters.

Meanwhile, at about 1.20pm, the two women were seen entering a police vehicle which later left the Sepang IPD compound.

About three hours later, three police vehicles were seen entering the Sepang police headquarters and the two suspects were brought out of the vehicle.

Media personnel, who have been waiting outside of the police building to catch a glimpse of the two women, were rewarded when the two suspects emerged from a car to enter the building.

One of the suspects was seen dressed in a yellow blouse while another was wearing a red dress.

Both suspects in handcuffs were believed to have left Sepang IPD at about 5pm escorted by two patrol cars.

Selangor police chief Abdul Samah noted that security had been tightened at entry-exit points like the KL International Airport and klia2 to prevent other suspects in the case from fleeing the country.

At the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, local and foreign journalists were seen waiting for the latest developments in the case which has attracted international attention.

A post-mortem has been done on Jong-nam’s body.



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