Tight security as court charges women with Kim Jong-nam murder

VX requires a highly sophisticated laboratory to produce, so the agent's use in Kim's killing has raised suspicions of the North's involvement, as few organizations outside of national governments would have the resources necessary.

"Malaysia is considering shutting down its mission in Pyongyang", he said, as well as the expulsion of the North Korean ambassador following his "baseless allegations", a reference to accusations of bias in the murder probe.

Malaysia expelled North Korea's ambassador Saturday for criticizing the country's investigation into the killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korean Kim Jong Un.

The Malaysian Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, said in a statement that his country had demanded an apology from the envoy for the comments, but none was forthcoming. Police say he arrived in Malaysia on 29 January, about two weeks before Kim was killed.

Ahmad Zahid strongly hinted that he believes other suspects in the investigation are hiding at the North Korean embassy.

In the latest sign that its diplomatic ties with North Korea are souring in the wake of the apparent assassination, Malaysia on Friday ramped up the pressure on Pyongyang, issuing a statement condemning the use of a banned toxic chemical weapon.

CCTV footage shows two women approaching him as he prepared to fly to Macau and seemingly push something into his face. However, Pyongyang that has never acknowledged Kim's identity has denied the charge and disputes the autopsy.

In the case of the murder of North Korea's Kim Jong Nam, Malaysian prosecutors indicted two women, one Vietnamese and one Indonesian, on murder charges as perpetrators of the crime.

He was released earlier in the morning from the Sepang police station, where he had been held, and brought to the immigration department headquarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative capital.

"I do not know when he will be deported as they will need to sort out the travel documents", he said.

Malaysia on Saturday rejected any suggestion it may have violated sanctions imposed by the United Nations on North Korea, after a Reuters report said North Korea-linked firms were running an arms network in the country.

North Korea insists that the deceased was one of its citizens named "Kim Chol" as per the name on the North Korean passport the man was carrying when he died.

Two of the suspects have reportedly taken refuge in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Another male suspect, the only North Korean person arrested in the case, has been released due to lack of sufficient evidence. Kim Jong Nam was not known to be seeking political power, but his position as eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since it was founded could have made him appear to be a danger.

  • Larry Hoffman