Published: Sun, February 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Kim Jong-nam killing: North Korean man arrested as second autopsy peformed

Malaysian police said the latest arrest connected with the murder was made on Friday night, and the suspect was identified as Ri Jong Chol, born on May 6, 1970.

The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) will give priority to the family of Kim Jong-nam to claim his body from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital's (HKL) National Institute of Forensic Medicine, said Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat.

Kim Jung Nam had been at the airport in Kuala Lumpur's global airport en route to Macau when the attack occurred.

Channel NewsAsia spoke to people in the hometown of the Indonesian suspect in Kim Jong Nam's death and is told the woman is "very timid" and very much an "introvert".

North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol said Kuala Lumpur "forced the post-mortem without our permission and witnessing".

"They are colluding with the hostile forces towards us who are desperate to harm us of malice", he said, suggesting South Korea was trying to defame the North in a bid to distract from a corruption scandal at home.

Malaysia earlier rejected a request by North Korean authorities to claim the victim's body before the autopsy, Malaysia's inspector general of police said via text message on Thursday.

The Inspector-General said the process of the investigation won't be completed until a DNA sample from Kim's family is obtained, saying "everyone has to obey and follow our rules and regulations" and "North Korea is included".

Three suspects - two women with foreign documents and a Malaysian man - have been arrested in connection with the death so far.

Before the murder, Aisyah and another woman had performed the stunt on other men - but with water instead of deadly poison. "And with the last target, Kim Jong Nam, allegedly there were risky materials in the sprayer", Karnavian said.

There has been no official comment from North or South Korea yet.

Here is a recap of the alleged assassination and the ensuing fallout.

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.

He reportedly fell out of favour in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

AFP correspondents in Pyongyang say celebrations to mark the birthday of Kim Jong-Il, the late father of both men, have gone ahead without reference to the death.

The DPRK embassy in Malaysia has not confirmed the identity of the suspect.

The first female suspect, holding a Vietnamese passport, was arrested on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport's second terminal, where Kim had sought help after feeling unwell on Monday.

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