Au­thor­i­ties seek more sus­pects in as­sas­si­na­tion

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD - By Richard C. Pad­dock

5 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA >> Two more peo­ple, one of them a woman with an In­done­sian pass­port, were ar­rested Thurs­day in the as­sas­si­na­tion of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, Malaysian au­thor­i­ties said as they con­tin­ued to hunt for con­spir­a­tors. The In­done­sian, iden­ti­fied as Siti Aishah, 25, is the se­cond woman ar­rested in the case. Her ap­pear­ance matches the im­age of a woman cap­tured in air­port sur­veil­lance videos, said a state­ment from Khalid Abu Bakar, in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice. Po­lice later said in a state­ment that Siti’s boyfriend, a 26-year-old Malaysian, had been ar­rested “to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.” He was iden­ti­fied as Muham­mad Farid Bin Jalalud­din. In Jakarta an of­fi­cial from In­done­sia’s For­eign Min­istry said Siti was an In­done­sian cit­i­zen. The In­done­sian gov­ern­ment has asked for ac­cess to her so that its em­bassy em­ploy­ees in Kuala Lumpur can pro­vide le­gal as­sis­tance.

The ar­rests brought the num­ber of peo­ple de­tained in the case to three. A woman ar­rested Wed­nes­day was car­ry­ing a Viet­namese pass­port, but it re­mained un­clear whether she was from Viet­nam.

The news me­dia in Malaysia re­ported that po­lice were look­ing for four male sus­pects, sug­gest­ing that the plot was more in­volved than ini­tially in­di­cated. It was un­clear whether the Malaysian man ar­rested Thurs­day was one of the four.

Kim Jong Nam, 45, was prepar­ing to fly to his home in Ma­cau from Kuala Lumpur on Mon­day morn­ing when he was at­tacked and poi­soned by two women at Ter­mi­nal 2 of the in­ter­na­tional air­port, au­thor­i­ties said.

The at­tack oc­curred near the AirAsia counter where Kim would have been check­ing in for the flight to Ma­cau. The poi­son took ef­fect quickly, and he died on the way to a hospi­tal. While the poi­son­ing of Kim in a very pub­lic place con­jured up im­ages of spy movies, the plot ap­pears to have been rather un­so­phis­ti­cated, and Malaysian po­lice rounded up the first two sus­pects rel­a­tively quickly. The au­thor­i­ties were slow to con­firm that Kim was the brother of North Korea’s leader and ini­tially iden­ti­fied him as Kim Chol, based on the pass­port that he was us­ing to fly to Ma­cau. Even though Kim lived with his fam­ily in Ma­cau, his body will be sent to North Korea at the re­quest of the gov­ern­ment in Py­ongyang, the cap­i­tal of North Korea, the Malaysian news me­dia quoted gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as say­ing.

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