IGP: Interpol alert out for N. Koreans wanted for Jong-nam murder (VIDEO)

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar says the four North Koreans sought are believed to be in Pyongyang. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PUTRAJAYA, March 16 — Malaysian police have secured an Interpol red notice for four North Koreans sought here for the murder of Kim Jong-nam at KLIA2 on February 13.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that the four men are believed to be in Pyongyang.

The red notice by the multinational law enforcement agency is the closest document to an international arrest warrant.

“We are hoping to get them via Interpol,” he said.

Ri, Ji Hyon, who is wanted by Malaysia, as posted in the Interpol notice website

Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed using the VX nerve agent at KLIA2.

Two foreign women have been charged with his murder, but police are still seeking the four North Koreans whom they believe to be masterminds of the attack.

Khalid was speaking to reporters after attending the International Conference of Rohingya here today.

He also reiterated that the police have handed Jong-Nam's body to the Health Ministry after confirming his identity.

“We leave it to the Health Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry to handle the body. The investigations are ongoing,” he said.

However, he refused to confirm that Jong-Nam's family has given consent for Malaysia to determine what to do with the body.

Khalid's deputy, Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, so informed the press in Shah Alam earlier today, while Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam also said outside Parliament that the decision must come from the police due to the legal nature of the case.

Malaysia has so far refused demands from North Korea to hand over the body, insisting that Jong-Nam's family have the right to his remains.