No evidence yet tying North Korea to Kim Jong-nam's killing

Posted February 19, 2017

An Indonesian woman suspected of poisoning the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at a Malaysian airport told police she thought it was all a prank, Indonesia's police chief told reporters Friday.

"It is normal procedure as we can not release the body to just anyone", said Abdul Samah Mat, police chief of Selangor.

The news media in Malaysia reported that police were looking for four male suspects, suggesting that the plot was more involved than initially indicated.

Aisyah is said to have protested her innocence to Malaysian authorities about the assassination, which took place at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Tuesday.

Police said the Malaysian man, a auto driver who was picked up on Wednesday, had provided information that led to her arrest yesterday morning, reported Malaysian newspaper The Star.

North Korean embassy officials were seen visiting the hospital's forensics department in a diplomatic vehicle on Wednesday afternoon and again overnight. The suspects were both Vietnamese and North Korean, police sources said.

One of the women walked to a taxi rank immediately after the attack, according to the same footage.

There is a high possibility the man, who has not been identified, was the suspect who recruited two women, now in Malaysia custody, to carry out the murder of Kim Jong Nam as he was returning to his residence in Macau. He added that Jong-nam was taken to the airport clinic and then subsequently to a nearby hospital, but he died in an ambulance on his way to the medical facility.

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Malaysia said on Friday it wants DNA samples from Kim Jong Nam's family as part of the post-mortem procedure and that officials were not yet willing to hand the body over to the North Koreans.

After Malaysia ignored demands to return the remains, Pyongyang accused Kuala Lumpur of conspiring with its enemies and said it would reject whatever results came from the post-mortem examination. Since 2003, he had been living in exile in Malaysia, Singapore and Macau till his death.

While South Korea has blamed North Korea for a slew of notable assassinations or attempted killings in past decades, the North often denies involvement or simply does not comment.

"Whilst in Malaysia, everyone has to obey and follow our rules and regulations", Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told Reuters.

Photographs, said to be the last moments of Kim Jogn-nam have been published by Straits.

Grainy security camera from the airport at the time of Kim's killing showed two young female suspects.

Kim Jong-nam was widely considered the heir apparent of his father several years ago, and it remains uncertain what precisely caused his fall from grace.