Assassination: Malaysia detains two women, man

Three suspects - two women and a man - were arrested separately Wednesday and Thursday.

Siti Aisyah left Batam in Indonesia to Johor in Malaysia on February 2 and there is no record of her returning to Indonesia since then, said Indonesian Immigration spokesman Agung Sampurno. She was arrested by Malaysian police early Thursday.

A senior Malaysian police official said on Thursday that a third suspect has been arrested by police in the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Federal police management director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said apart from installation of new and latest technology, the police are also considering an increase in personnel deployment.

Investigators are still piecing together the details of the case, including the widespread assumption that Kim Jong-un dispatched a hit squad to kill his half brother, just days after the isolated country successfully launched an allegedly nuclear-ready missile. But the Malaysian official said the autopsy was still continuing.

His is reported to have caused their father, Kim Jong-il, deep embarrassment after he tried to enter Japan's Narita airport in 2001 on a forged Dominican Republic passport.

It is still not known why the 45-year-old self-exile from North Korea was killed or by whom, or why he was in Malaysia.

A North Korean man driving a black Mercedes with North Korean diplomatic plates refused to answer a journalist's questions when he drove into the embassy in Kuala Lumpur Thursday afternoon.

Since taking power in late 2011, Kim Jong Un has executed or purged a slew of high-level government officials in what the South Korean government has described as a "reign of terror".

Most rank-and-file citizens, however, would be unaware of the existence of their autocrat's half brother, not to mention his death, North Korean defectors say.

Scientists have been speculating about what substance could have killed Kim Jong Nam so quickly and without being ingested. Vietnam's foreign ministry said they were cooperating with the investigation. "He had a big heart, which attracted a lot of people".

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"That is not him and it is not a relative of Kim Jong-un", he said.

Kim Jong Nam had most recently lived in Macau.

He said Mr Kim would stay at five-star hotels whenever he was in town.

In her autobiography, former North Korean spy Kim Hyon Hui, who was involved in the 1987 bombing of a Korean Air jet, wrote that high-ranking officials of the Workers' Party of Korea gave her words of encouragement before she carried out her mission.

His body was taken to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday for an autopsy.

For a whopping 6,324 yuan (around $922), China's e-commerce site Taobao marketed the shirt as: "North Korea female who assassinated Kim Jong nam's T-shirt".

"The body would be released to the next-of-kin or the embassy after all the police and medical procedures had been completed", he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that she was being held at the Selangor police headquarters for questioning.

"But this is no normal situation".

The poison that was most likely sprayed on Kim Jong Nam's face may have been VX, a deadly chemical that can be used as a nerve agent, according to Japanese television network NHK.

"They could be attempting to hide their links to the crime", said Yeom, "by pretending to overreact about the family of their Great Leader".


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