Malaysia pursuing other possible suspects in Kim killing

- Agence France-Presse, KUALA LUMPUR

Mar 20, 2017-

Malaysia is pursuing more potential suspects, including at least one “important” person, in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam last month in Kuala Lumpur, the police chief said Sunday.

The half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un was poisoned with the lethal nerve agent VX in a brazen Cold War-style assassination on February 13 in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Seoul has blamed Pyongyang for his death, but the North has rejected those claims and denounced Malaysia’s investigation as an attempt to smear the secretive regime, insisting that Kim most likely died of a heart attack.

“There are more... persons that are involved in the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, we will use the proper legal channels to get them,” police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.

He said that investigators were looking to detain at least one “important” person, but did not elaborate on whether any North Koreans were among the people being pursued.

The killing has triggered a bitter row between Malaysia and North Korea, which have expelled each other’s ambassadors and barred their citizens from leaving.

Published: 20-03-2017 08:50

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