Kim killing: Ri Jong-chol released from custody, to be deported today

FAISAL ASYRAF


SEPANG: North Korean citizen Ri Jong-chol, who was arrested as part of investigations into the murder of Kim Jong-nam, was released from police custody this morning.

Ri, clad in a black tee, was escorted out of the Sepang police district headquarters by the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (STAFOC) team, and was transported in a convoy of police cars and a truck to the Putrajaya Immigration office.

It is learned that Ri will be deported to North Korea today, as he does not have valid documents.

Ri, 47, was arrested by police at his condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama on Feb 18. He is believed to have assisted one of four wanted North Korean men linked to Kim’s assassination.

However, Ri was released as there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died after being attacked with VX nerve agent by two women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.