Third suspect arrested in Malaysia over murder of North Korean

The inspector general of the Royal Malaysia police, Sri Khalid Bin Abu Bakar, said the second woman was detained on Thursday over the death of "a Korean male".

South Korean lawmakers, citing the country's spy agency, said at a news conference that two women believed to be acting as North Korean agents murdered Kim Jong Nam using poison.

She was identified from airport CCTV footage and had an Indonesian passport.

Among Kim Jong Un's executions and purges, the most spectacular was the 2013 execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, once considered the country's second-most powerful man, for what the North alleged was treason.

Malaysian police had earlier identified the deceased as Kim Chol, based on his travel documents. "He's really emphasizing his presence on the throne, nobody can be allowed to challenge him in North Korea".

Police will conduct a thorough review to determine if there is a need to improve security procedures at airports especially Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). North Korea has made no comment on the killing, but its diplomats objected to an autopsy Malaysian investigators carried out, a senior official said.

An autopsy on the victim's body was completed Wednesday, but the cause of death has yet to be determined, according to the police.

Mr Kim was known to have spent most of his time outside North Korea and had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated state.

Kim Jong Nam was regularly spotted in Macau but accounts of his lifestyle vary.

Malaysia on Friday said that it will not release the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother, Kim Jong-nam, unless they receive DNA samples from his family.

Two women were captured on surveillance video leaving the scene by taxi, sparking a nationwide hunt for them.

"That is not him and it is not a relative of Kim Jong-un", he said.

Ko's links to Japan, which colonized the Korean Peninsula in the early part of the 20th century, led some to believe that Kim Jong Nam would outpace his siblings in the succession race. "He had a big heart, which attracted a lot of people". He had been at the airport to catch a flight to Macau when someone grabbed or held his face from behind, after which he felt dizzy and sought help at an information desk.

Most rank-and-file citizens, however, would be unaware of the existence of their autocrat's half brother, not to mention his death, North Korean defectors say.

But his attempt to visit Tokyo Disneyland reportedly soured North Korea's leadership on his potential as a successor.

Malaysia's deputy prime minister told reporters he believed North Korea had put in a request to claim the body through the police and the hospital, and that Malaysia was ready to comply.

The full results are expected to be released later today.

"A corpse is normally repatriated to his or her country after [local authorities] verify the nationality of the deceased", said a ministry source.



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