Woman Arrested in Connection to Death of Kim Jong-nam

source: The Guardian

The death of 46-year-old Kim Jong-nam, half brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been named a murder in Malaysia after investigations. A woman holding a Vietnamese passport has been arrested in connection to his death.

The older brother of Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong-nam was estranged and lived a life of exile. Police say he was attacked on Monday morning while waiting at the terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport for a 10am flight to Macau, Malaysia, a Chinese territory, to visit family.

28-year-old Doan Thi Huong was arrested at the airport in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur under suspicion of assassination by poisoning. Police also say they are looking for other suspects. South Korean media reported that two women were involved and fled the airport in a taxi. These women are said to be North Korean agents but Malaysian police have not confirmed these details.

It is still unclear how exactly he was poisoned, but various witnesses have said he was splashed with a chemical or had a cloth held over his face. Others have said a spray has been used or a needle.

Kim first had a headache and was soon on the verge of passing out. He was taken to the clinic where he appeared to experience a mild seizure. En route to the hospital, he died late on Tuesday.

source: The Guardian

The woman was identified by CCTV pictures taken from the Malaysian airport. Doan Thi Huong was in possession of a Vietnamese travel document when she was arrested alone.

South Korean intelligence officials say the regime has been planning Kim’s assassination for years. Living a quiet life, he claimed to have no political ambitions and seemingly has few links with generals in North Korea that might make him a threat.

He has publicly shown disdain for his half-brother’s elevation to office and told a Japanese journalist that the world would see Kim Jong-un’s leadership as a joke. He also spoke out against his father’s “military first” policy in 2012 and said North Korea should embrace economic reform and open its doors.

source: ABC News

Because he was traveling under a different name, using a  passport with the name Kim Chol, Malaysia is yet to confirm whether the man under investigation is in fact Kim Jong-nam. Traveling with a pseudonym was a normal practice for Mr. Kim, who was trying to keep a low profile in recent years.

He famously entered Japan under a fake Dominican Republic ID planning to visit Disneyland in Tokyo, he told Japanese immigration officials. This embarrassed his father, Kim Jong-il, which some say led to his exile.

The North Korean embassy in Malaysia said they have no information about his death.