Manila Bulletin

As­sas­si­nated brother of N. Korea leader to un­dergo au­topsy

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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – The body of the as­sas­si­nated half-brother of North Korea's leader is to un­dergo an au­topsy Wed­nes­day, po­lice said, as they tried to piece to­gether how the Cold War-style killing hap­pened at a Malaysian air­port.

Two fe­male agents are be­lieved to have used some kind of toxin in the at­tack, with re­ports from Malaysia and South Korea say­ing Kim Jong­Nam had been stabbed with poi­son­tipped nee­dles or had chem­i­cals sprayed in his face.

The as­sas­si­na­tion, which came as North Korea read­ied to cel­e­brate the birth­day this week of the two men's fa­ther, il­lus­trates the ''bru­tal and in­hu­mane'' na­ture of the Py­ongyang regime led by Kim Jong-Un, Seoul said.

Po­lice in Malaysia are ex­am­in­ing CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port to try to de­ter­mine what hap­pened dur­ing the at­tack on Mon­day morn­ing.

''He told the re­cep­tion­ist at the de­par­ture hall that some­one had grabbed his face from be­hind and splashed some liq­uid on him,'' Se­lan­gor state's crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion chief Fadzil Ah­mat was re­ported as say­ing by Malaysia's The Star news­pa­per.

''He asked for help and was im­me­di­ately sent to the air­port's clinic. At this point, he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing headache and was on the verge of pass­ing out,'' said Fadzil.

''At the clinic, the vic­tim ex­pe­ri­enced a mild seizure. He was put into an am­bu­lance and was be­ing taken to the Pu­tra­jaya Hos­pi­tal when he was pro­nounced dead,'' he said.

South Korean re­ports had ear­lier sug­gested the two fe­male as­sas­sins had used poi­son-tipped nee­dles dur­ing the killing, be­fore flee­ing in a taxi.

On Wed­nes­day his body was taken to a Kuala Lumpur hos­pi­tal un­der po­lice guard, where pathol­o­gists were ex­pected to run tests to de­ter­mine ex­actly how he died.

Kim had at one time been set to as­sume the lead­er­ship of his iso­lated coun­try, but fell out of fa­vor af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing at­tempt to get into Ja­pan on a fake pass­port in 2001.

He has since lived in ex­ile, mostly in the gam­bling haven of Ma­cau, but he has also been spot­ted in other Asian coun­tries and there have been re­ports of his play­boy life­style.

Kim, 45, is be­lieved to have been in Malaysia on a pass­port bear­ing the name Kim Chol, a known alias, ac­cord­ing to South Korean me­dia.

But Seoul on Wed­nes­day con­firmed that the dead man was a mem­ber of the Kim dy­nasty.

''Our gov­ern­ment is cer­tain that the mur­dered man is Kim Jong­Nam,'' said Chung Joon-Hee, a spokesman for Seoul's uni­fi­ca­tion min­istry that han­dles in­ter-Korea af­fairs.

 ??  ?? North Korean heir-ap­par­ent Kim Jong Nam emerges from a bus as he is es­corted by Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties upon his de­por­ta­tion from Ja­pan at Tokyo's Narita in­ter­na­tional air­port May 4, 2001. (Reuters)
North Korean heir-ap­par­ent Kim Jong Nam emerges from a bus as he is es­corted by Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties upon his de­por­ta­tion from Ja­pan at Tokyo's Narita in­ter­na­tional air­port May 4, 2001. (Reuters)

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