COPS PUR­SU­ING ‘IM­POR­TANT PER­SON’

An ‘im­por­tant per­son’ among sev­eral sus­pects sought, says Khalid

New Straits Times - - News - » RE­PORT BY KELLY KOH

MORE ar­rests will be made over the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam. The IGP says one of the sus­pects is an ‘im­por­tant per­son’.

The NST had re­ported on Satur­day on the pos­si­bil­ity of a ninth sus­pect in the as­sas­si­na­tion at klia2 on Feb 13.

KELLY KOH MALACCA news@nst.com.my

AN “im­por­tant per­son” was among sev­eral sus­pects sought for in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said new ar­rests could be ex­pected, in­clud­ing that of an “im­por­tant” per­son, but de­clined to elab­o­rate.

“I do not want to men­tion how many.

“If I did, they might es­cape,” he said when asked how many sus- pects were sought and if they were still in the coun­try.

In an ex­clu­sive re­port in the New Straits Times on Satur­day, an ex­pert was quoted as say­ing that a ninth sus­pect could have been in­volved in the mur­der of Jong-nam at klia2 on Feb 13.

Pre­vi­ously, po­lice had an­nounced they were look­ing for seven North Kore­ans to as­sist in their probe.

On Feb 19, po­lice re­vealed four North Kore­ans — Ri Ji-hyon, Hong Song-hac, Ri Jae-nam and O Jong-gil — had fled the coun­try.

“We must first get the four men in Py­ongyang, for whom we have se­cured an In­ter­pol red no­tice, and record state­ments from the three other sus­pects, whom we be­lieve are holed up in the North Korean em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur,” said Khalid.

The three be­lieved to be hid­ing at the em­bassy are Hyon Kwang-Song, Hyon Kyang-song and Kim Uk-il.

A Viet­namese woman and an In­done­sian woman have been charged with Jong­nam’s mur­der.

They were be­lieved to have smeared the po­tent VX nerve agent on him.

Khalid said this at the “Kem­bara Sang Saka Biru” pro­gramme held in con­junc­tion with the 210th Po­lice Day cel­e­bra­tion in Jalan Merdeka in Ban­dar Hilir here yes­ter­day.

Present were fed­eral po­lice man­age­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Zulk­i­fli Ab­dul­lah and state po­lice chief Datuk Ab­dul Jalil Has­san.

Khalid urged the North Korean au­thor­i­ties to co­op­er­ate and sur­ren­der the four sus­pects be­lieved to be in Py­ongyang.

“I do not want to in­ter­fere in po­lit­i­cal mat­ters but it is our duty to solve a mur­der case in our ju­ris­dic­tion,” he added.

When asked to com­ment on the pos­si­ble in­volve­ment of a ninth sus­pect, Khalid urged the pub­lic not to spec­u­late based on CCTV record­ings.

“It seems that they viewed the video ob­tained from klia2 and started say­ing this per­son or that per­son had prob­lems.

“Do not spec­u­late. Every­one in the airport could be a tar­get after view­ing a week’s record­ing,” he added.

PIC BY KHAIRUNISAH LOKMAN

A re-en­act­ment of the Bukit Ke­pong in­ci­dent dur­ing the Malayan Emer­gency was held in Ban­dar Hilir, Malacca, yes­ter­day.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar

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