Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'seen playing snooker' in North Korean embassy

A screengrab of the footage showing the suspect resembling Kim Uk Il, busy playing snooker with a few others in the embassy building in Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara.
A screengrab of the footage showing the suspect resembling Kim Uk Il, busy playing snooker with a few others in the embassy building in Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara.PHOTO: ASAHI TV

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) - A man wanted by the Malaysian police to facilitate investigations into the February murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was filmed busy playing snooker at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

On Monday (March 20), All-Nippon News Network (ANN News), operated by Asahi TV, aired the one-minute video footage showing the suspect resembling Kim Uk Il, busy playing the game with a few others on the second floor of the embassy building in Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara.

On Feb 22, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the police were seeking Kim Uk Il, 37, an employee of North Korean airline, Air Koryo to shed light on Jong Nam's murder.

Apart from Kim Uk Il, the police was also looking for other suspects, namely the embassy's second secretary Kwang Hyon Song, 44, who was still 'hiding' at the embassy building, as well as Ri Ji U, 30, also known as 'James', still believed to be in the country.

On March 16, Khalid said Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of four other North Korean suspects who had left the country. The Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant.

On Feb 13, Kim Jong Nam died after two foreign women daubed his face with the VX nerve agent while he was waiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 for a flight to Macau.

The victim was carrying a passport bearing the name Kim Chol. He died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.

On Sunday, Khalid said several individuals would be detained in connection with the murder and that their identities could not be disclosed in order to smoothen investigations.