Warrant of arrest issued for Air Koryo staff over Kim Jong Nam murder

North Korean airline employee Kim Uk Il (left) and Hyon Kwang Song, second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
North Korean airline employee Kim Uk Il (left) and Hyon Kwang Song, second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / ROYAL MALAYSIAN POLICE

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police have issued a warrant of arrest for an employee of North Korean airline Air Koryo to assist in the investigation into the murder of Mr Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia on Feb 13.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, in a WhatsApp message to the Bernama news agency, said the warrant was issued against Mr Kim Uk Il, 37, to assist in the probe into the killing of Mr Kim Jong Nam, who had travelled under a passport with the name of Kim Chol.

Mr Kim Jong Nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport after being attacked with poison by two women.

"We have given him time to cooperate but he has not done so. Thus, the warrant was issued to compel him to cooperate," Tan Sri Khalid told The Star when contacted on Friday.  

Mr Khalid also confirmed that a letter requesting the cooperation of North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur's second secretary Hyon Kwang Song had been sent through the Foreign Ministry to the embassy.  

Kim Jong Nam was assassinated by two women, who smeared his face with the deadly VX nerve agent, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 departure hall just before he was to take a flight to Macau.  

The women - Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong - have been charged with the murder.

 

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