Kim Jong Nam death: The saga so far

A South Korean watches a TV news report allegedly showing the assassination of Kim Jong Nam.
A South Korean watches a TV news report allegedly showing the assassination of Kim Jong Nam.PHOTO: EPA

A look at main events since the Feb 13 assassination of  Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. The saga so far:

FEB 13

• A North Korean man carrying a passport that identifies him as Kim Chol, 46, is attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 at around 9am. CCTV footage leaked later showed that he walked to a clinic in KLIA2 on his own accord, but died en route to hospital.

FEB 14 

• Reports first emerge in South Korea that Mr Kim Jong Nam has been poisoned by two female assassins in Malaysia.

FEB 15 

• Malaysian police arrest Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 28, at KLIA2 as she plans to fly out.

• Police detain a Malaysian believed to be the boyfriend of the second woman suspect.

FEB 16

• Based on the man's information, police arrest Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah, 25.

FEB 17

• North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol says Malaysia is "colluding with hostile forces" after police turn down Pyongyang's demands not to conduct an autopsy and to hand over the body.

• Police arrest a North Korean national, Ri Jong Chol, who has a work visa from a Malaysian healthcare medication company.

FEB 19

• Police release images of four North Korean men caught on airport CCTV who are suspects.

FEB 20

• Foreign Minister Anifah Aman says Mr Kang's allegations "are culled from delusions, lies and half-truths".

• Malaysia recalls its ambassador to North Korea and summons Mr Kang to its Foreign Ministry to explain his harsh words.

• Mr Kang, in a second outburst, wants his country to be allowed to join probe, citing "grave human rights abuses".

• Prime Minister Najib Razak says he has "absolute confidence" in Malaysia's police and doctors, who "are very, very professional".

• CCTV footage of the attack leaks online.

FEB 21

• Health officials say preliminary observation from post-mortem shows that the victim had no puncture wounds and did not die of a heart attack.

• Mr Kang says the victim "fainted from a heart attack", and calls it a "natural death".

FEB 22

• Police want to interview a second secretary at the North Korean Embassy, and an employee of national airline Air Koryo.

• Police say the two women knew they were poisoning the victim.

• Mr Kang says if poison was used, why did the two women not die as they used their hands to smear the chemical on the victim's face.

• Police say there was an attempt to break into the morgue where the body of the victim is held.

FEB 26

Kuala Lumpur airport terminal declared safe after sweep for toxins.


Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, charged with murder.


• Malaysia's Attorney General says North Korean suspect Ri Jong Chol will be deported on March 3 after his two-week remand is over

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2017, with the headline 'The saga so far'. Print Edition | Subscribe