‘OTHER N. KOREAN SUS­PECTS

This in­cludes the ‘im­por­tant per­son’ in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, says IGP

New Straits Times - - News -

HALIM SAID

JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

THE “im­por­tant per­son” and other sus­pects for con­nec­tion with in the Kim Jong-nam mur­der are from North Korea, In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

“They are from North Korea. We be­lieve they are in­volved in the case and we are look­ing for them,” he said af­ter chair­ing a meet­ing at Le Grandeur Palm Re­sort in Se­nai.

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

Pre­vi­ously, po­lice had an­nounced they were look­ing for seven North Kore­ans to as­sist their probe into the mur­der of Jong-nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

On Feb 19, po­lice re­vealed that four North Kore­ans — Ri Ji -hyon, Hong Song­hac, Ri Jae-nam and O Jong-gil — had fled the coun­try. Po­lice have se­cured an In­ter­pol Red No­tice for them.

Three oth­ers were be­lieved to be holed up at the North Korean em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur. They are Hyon Kwang-song, Hyon Kyang-song and Kim Uk-il.

The po­lice had also ar­rested a North Korean chemist, Ri Jong-chol, to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the muder, but he was re­leased and de­ported on March 3.

Khalid also said a North Korea-Malaysia joint ven­ture com­pany, In­ter­na­tional Golden Ser­vices Sdn Bhd, was not in­volved in the sell­ing of firearms. The com­pany, set up in 2005 as In­ter­na­tional Global Ser­vices Sdn Bhd, was mar­ket­ing the mil­i­tary com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem called Glo­com.

“The com­pany tried to mar­ket the Glo­com prod­uct to Thai­land from Py­ongyang.

“But, when we found out that the buy­ers in Thai­land did not ex­ist, we in­ter­cepted the de­vice, which weighed 250kg, at Port Klang in 2011.

“We had sent it back to Py­ongyang later,” he said, adding that in early 2012, the com­pany had wound up, but in mid-2012, it re­sumed op­er­a­tions un­der a dif­fer­ent name — In­ter­na­tional Golden Ser­vices Sdn Bhd.

“Again, the com­pany tried to mar­ket the Glo­com prod­uct in 2012, 2014 and 2016 dur­ing the De­fence Ser­vices Asia ex­hi­bi­tion, but it did not at­tract any buy­ers.”

Khalid said the com­pany was set up by sev­eral North Kore­ans on its board of di­rec­tors.

The com­pany in­cluded a Malaysian, who also sat as a di­rec­tor in the com­pany and he had many times tried to shut down op­er­a­tions.

“The Malaysian busi­ness part­ner had wanted the com­pany to be dis­solved in 2015 as the com­pany was non-op­er­a­tional, but the North Korean coun­ter­parts did not want to sign off on the dis­so­lu­tion of

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