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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Detained N Korean to be deported

The North Korean individual detained in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam will be released from police custody tomorrow and deported, said attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.

Police do not have sufficient evidence to charge the man, Apandi told CNN.

Jong-nam, who is North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un's half brother, was killed at KLIA2 on Feb 13.

Police are looking for four North Koreans in connection with the case, as well as three others whose nationalities have yet to be determined.

The autopsy report revealed that Jong-nam died of organophosphate poisoning, with the substance having consistent qualities with the nerve agent VX, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said.

The authorities will not release the body to North Korea until DNA samples to confirm Jong-nam's identity are received and tested.

An Indonesian woman and a Vietnamese woman were charged in the magistrate’s court in Sepang yesterday with murdering Jong-nam.

Police said investigations showed the women applied VX onto Jong-nam’s face with their bare hands.

The alleged murder has led to diplomatic tensions between Malaysia and North Korea, with Putrajaya today announcing that North Koreans will from Monday require a visa to enter Malaysia.

Malaysia is among a handful of countries in the world whose citizens have been allowed visa-free travel to North Korea, and vice-versa.

North Korea has cast doubts on Malaysia's investigations, and rejected claims that it had a hand in Jong-nam’s death.

Nevertheless, South Korean intelligence told lawmakers in Seoul that the North Korean ministries plotted the murder.

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