Police get Interpol Red Notice for N. Koreans present during Jong-nam attack

AZURA ABAS

PUTRAJAYA: Police have obtained an Interpol Red Notice to bring into custody four North Koreans who were believed to be at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) when Kim Jong-nam was attacked on Feb 13.

This was disclosed by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, when approached by journalists after the closing ceremony of the 2017 International Conference on Rohingya.

“With the Red Notice, we are hoping to get them via Interpol," he said, adding that the four are believed to be in Pyongyang.

The four North Koreans who had fled the country are Rhi Ji-hyon, 33; Hong Song-hac, 34; O Jong-gil, 55; and Ri Jae-nam, 57.

The four entered the country separately days before the murder and left for Jakarta from KLIA2 just after the attack on Feb 13.

An Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant. Interpol circulates notices to member countries listing persons who are wanted for extradition.

Khalid, however, declined to elaborate on the Jong-nam case as it was still ongoing.

He reiterated his earlier statements that the police had handed over the body to the Health Ministry.

"We will leave it to the Health Ministry as well as the Foreign Ministry to deal with the body."