Kim Jong Nam Murder Leaves Questions
The murder of Kim Jong Nam, estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, remains unsolved. Nam’s body remains at a mortuary in Kuala Lumpur where he was killed at the airport. Yesterday someone tried to break into the mortuary, where his body is located, and steal his remains. Security would not say if the suspects were North Korean. Instead they reported, “We know who they are. No need to tell you.”
Kim Jong Nam Probably Killed by Poisoning
Kim Jong Nam was at the airport when two women walked up behind him. One of the women quickly placed a cloth, apparently full of an unidentified poison, across his face. After the act was completed the women departed within seconds. Nam then went to an airport kiosk and explained his situation. He was eventually transported, by ambulance, to an area hospital where he died en route. It was first reported that Nam suffered a heart attack. Inconclusive autopsy reports contradicted this theory.
Malaysia officials have said that a member of Nam’s family must claim the body. Following his death no one has attempted to do so.
The latest attempt to determine the cause of death is gathering Nam’s DNA samples and working with Interpol. It has been reported that Malaysian police officers will travel to Macao, the city where he lived in exile. Authorities are also looking for four North Korea suspects who they “strongly believe” are in Pyongyang. Another North Korean, Ri Ji U, is being sought in Malaysia to assist in the investigation.
One of the female suspects who was arrested, Aishah, told authorities she was not aware that she was involved in a murder plot. She thought she was participating in a prank for a TV show. Malaysian authorities are not accepting that excuse. It is reported the women were trained, pointing in part to security footage that show the assault, to swab the victim’s face.
Malaysian police have arrested three people in regards to Nam’s death. They are seeking other suspects. One of the suspects worked at the North Korean embassy in Malaysia while another suspect was a staff member of the North Korea airline Air Koryo. Both are believed to still be in Malaysia.
Today for the first time, North Korea media reported on the death of Nam. Without mentioning his name the media said the unnamed North Korea citizen died of a heart stroke. The report accused South Korea of fabricating the poisoning story. North Korea has opposed any autopsy that is performed without their own officials being present. They have publicly demanded the return of Nam’s body.