Malaysia identifies N. Korean embassy official among suspects

Members of the media ask police questions at the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong-nam’s body is held for autopsy in Kuala Lumpur February 15, 2017. — Reuters pic
Members of the media ask police questions at the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong-nam’s body is held for autopsy in Kuala Lumpur February 15, 2017. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Malaysian police identified a senior official in the North Korean embassy today as a suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, and said another was linked to the North Korean airline.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said both suspects are still in Malaysia and have been called in for questioning. He said the North Korean diplomat held the rank of second secretary at the embassy.

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 last week while he was preparing to board a flight to Macau.

Khalid told a news conference that police “strongly believed” four other suspects who fled Malaysia on Feb. 13, the day of the attack, had arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.  — Reuters

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