3 held in Kim Jong-nam’s death

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

A se­nior Malaysian po­lice of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day that a third sus­pect has been ar­rested by po­lice in the death of a man from the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea.

Also Thurs­day, the Malaysian gov­ern­ment con­firmed that the man was Kim Jong­nam, the half brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un.

Ab­dul Samah Mat, the po­lice chief of Se­lan­gor state, told Xin­hua that the sus­pect, a 26-year-old Malaysian man, was ar­rested in Am­pang.

The man is be­lieved to be the boyfriend of the se­cond sus­pect, a woman with an In­done­sian pass­port who was ar­rested on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The po­lice have been look­ing into con­nec­tions be­tween the sus­pects and try­ing to pin down what their roles may have been in the death of Kim Jong-nam.

The po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Kim’s sud­den death as a mur­der case, and a lo­cal court has granted a seven-day or­der re­mand­ing the first two sus­pects into cus­tody.

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.

Kim died later on Mon­day en route to a hospi­tal. His body was taken to a hospi­tal in Kuala Lumpur on Wed­nes­day for an au­topsy. Re­sults had not been re­leased by Thurs­day evening.

Kim had a liq­uid sprayed in his face when two women set upon him, Agence FrancePresse quoted Malaysian po­lice as say­ing.

Malaysian po­lice is­sued a state­ment on Wed­nes­day say­ing that the man was a 46-yearold from the DPRK who it iden­ti­fied as Kim Chol, born on June 10, 1970 in Py­ongyang, based on his travel doc­u­ments.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said on Thurs­day that the man was Kim Jong-nam, adding Malaysia would re­lease the body only af­ter an au­topsy.

KING CHAI / AP

Malaysian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi (right) tells re­porters about sus­pects ar­rested in the death of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un. Hamidi spoke at a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day in Pu­tra­jaya, Malaysia.

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