Jong-nam murder: Arrest warrant issued for Air Koryo staff


KUALA LUMPUR: Police have issued a warrant of arrest for an employee of North Korean airline Air Koryo to assist in the investigation into the murder of a North Korean in Malaysia on Feb 13.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in a WhatsApp message to Bernama, said the warrant was issued against Kim Uk-il, 37, to assist in the probe into the killing of the man identified as ‘Kim Chol’.

It has been established that Kim Chol was actually Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Khalid said police had also sent a request through the Foreign Ministry seeking the cooperation of Hyon Kwang-song, second secretary at the North Korean embassy here, to assist in the investigation as well.

Replying to a question, he said the letter sent via Wisma Putra had been delivered to the embassy.

Khalid had previously said that police would adhere to international protocol to obtain information from Kwang-song, who has diplomatic immunity.

On Feb 13, Jong-nam was preparing to board a flight to Macau at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 when he was attacked by two women.

It was later established that the women had used VX nerve agent on him. He died moments later en route to the hospital.

Last Wednesday, Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 29, were charged in the Sepang Magistrate's Court with the murder of Jong-nam.

Meanwhile, a North Korean man, Ri Jong-chol, 47, arrested and detained over the murder, is in the process of being deported to North Korea. -- BERNAMA