Kim's death: Four N. Korean suspects sought

Malaysia's National Police Deputy Inspector-General Noor Rashid Ibrahim (front, left) speaking in front of a screen showing North Korean suspect Ri Ji U during a news conference regarding the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, in Kuala Lumpur, M
Malaysia's National Police Deputy Inspector-General Noor Rashid Ibrahim (front, left) speaking in front of a screen showing North Korean suspect Ri Ji U during a news conference regarding the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb 19, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Malaysian authorities are on the hunt for four North Korean male suspects aged 33 to 57 who fled immediately after the Feb 13 death of Mr Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

At their first press conference on the alleged assassination, the Malaysian police said they are also seeking three other men - one of whom is North Korean - to help in the probe.

The post-mortem results will be ready in a few days, said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

He refused to comment on whether the attack was ordered by Pyongyang. But Seoul asserted yesterday that with five suspects being North Korean - including one who has already been arrested - it was clear Pyongyang was behind it.

Four people have been arrested so far, including North Korean IT worker Ri Jong Chol, who is based in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2017, with the headline 'Kim's death: Four N. Korean suspects sought'. Print Edition | Subscribe