Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian authorities have arrested a second woman in connection with the murder of the alleged half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. A manhunt is continuing for other possible accomplices.
The detention of the second female suspect in the murder of a Korean man by the name of Kim Chol was confirmed by the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Baka, to the state news channel Bernama.
Kim Chol is believed to be the half-brother of the North Korean leader, and is known in Pyongyang as Kim Jong-nam. The deceased man’s passport stated that he was born in Pyongyang on June 10, 1970.
South Korean government officials said earlier the fingerprint checks prove that the man who died in Malaysia was the half-brother of Kim Jong-un.
Meanwhile, the Malay Royal Police said it will soon issue a statement regarding Thursday’s arrest. It is the second arrest in connection with Monday’s mysterious murder.
“Woman. Believed to be one of the two women at the #KL airport,” LIM Yun Suk, Korea Bureau Chief for ChannelNewsAsia tweeted.
On Wednesday, the Malaysian police detained a woman over suspected involvement in the murder. Doan Thi Huon, 28, was identified from CCTV footage and was arrested at Kuala
Lumpur International Airport carrying Vietnamese travel documents. She was alone at the time of her arrest.
South Korea intelligence insists that the two women who poisoned Kim with a needle are North Korean spies. It is believed that the women had approached their victim at the airport on Monday and after administering poison fled the crime scene in a taxi, Lee Cheol-woo, chairman of the intelligence committee in South Korea’s parliament told reporters.
Prior to the second arrest, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim told Bernama that authorities expect to make several more arrests in connection with the murder.