Embassy assists Vietnamese murder suspect in Malaysia

Ambassador Kang Chol was declared "persona non grata" and asked to leave Malaysia within 48 hours.

He also accused the country of "colluding with outside forces" - a veiled reference to Pyongyang's bitter rival South Korea.

Malaysian officials say the two female suspects smeared VX nerve agent - a banned chemical weapon - on Kim's face as he waited for a flight at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

The government was implementing the change on the grounds of national security, Malaysian news agency Bernama quoted deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying. Malaysia deported a North Korean suspect in the case on Friday.

It is not clear how widely known Kim's fate is at home, but on Thursday South Korean activists said they will send millions of leaflets about his murder across the border by balloon.

The English mainstream dailies today frontpaged issues concerning Ri Jong-chol's immediate deportation due to lack of evidence to charge him, the tattoos on Kim Jong-nam's body being used to aid investigators to identify the deceased as well as thousands of people paying their last respects to the late Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin.

Police said he arrived in Malaysia on January 29, about two weeks before Kim was killed.

Although the incident has sparked widespread speculation about the stability of the North Korean regime, McLaughlin cautioned against drawing conclusions.

Two women named Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia were charged with his murder on March 01.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar brushed off Mr Ri's claim of a heart attack.

He did not name them but the police have said they wanted to question Mr Hyong Kwang-song, a second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Mr Kim Uk-il, a staffer at North Korean airline Air Koryo.

Shocking pictures show Kim Jong-nam slumped in a chair having been poisoned.

Ri Tong Il, a former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said he probably died of a heart attack because he suffered from heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

MALAYSIAN forensic experts said tattoos inked on the dead body of the North Korean man confirm that he is indeed Kim Jong Nam, according to local media.

"Its use at a public place could have endangered the general public", the foreign ministry said. He died within 20 minutes, authorities said. He says North Korea likely planned and carried out the attack because of the method used by the women.

Ahmad Zahid said Jong-chol, 47, who is now held at the Immigration Department detention depot, will be flown to Beijing this evening and later to Pyongyang, accompanied by two officials from the North Korean Embassy.

  • Leroy Wright