- Two more suspects were arrested in Malaysia over Kim Jong-nam’s killing
- One of the suspects is a female Indonesian, the second woman to be detained in connection with the murder
- The third suspect is her Malaysian boyfriend
The Malaysian authorities have reportedly arrested two more suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, including another woman.
The second woman to be detained in connection with the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother early this week has been identified as Siti Aishah, a 25-year-old Indonesian.
The third suspect is her boyfriend, a 26-year-old Malaysian national named Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin.
“He was detained to facilitate investigations as he is the boyfriend of the second suspect,” Abu Samah Mat, the police chief in Selangor state, told Reuters.
On Wednesday, authorities nabbed a female suspect named Doan Thi Huon, 28. Doan was said to be carrying a Vietnamese passport.
Meanwhile, a Beijing source who had ties with North Korean and Chinese government told Reuters that North Korea is not involved in the dictator’s brother’s murder.
“Kim Jong Nam has nothing to do with (North) Korea. There is no reason for (North) Korea to kill him. (North) Korea is investigating,” the source was quoted as saying.
Kim Jong-nam was murdered on Monday while waiting for his Macau-bound flight at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Early reports said he may have been assassinated using a poisoned pen or his face could have been splashed with toxic liquid.
These speculations, however, were dismissed by Malaysian authorities pending autopsy report.
The South Korean government, who believes the assassins were sent by Kim Jong-un from North Korea to kill his brother in Malaysia, has condemned the murder.
“If the murder of Kim Jong-nam was confirmed to be committed by the North Korean regime, that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong-un regime,” South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn.
The Malaysian and South Korean government vowed to release more details once investigation is concluded.