The Malaysian government confirmed that the man allegedly killed in Kuala Lumpur this week has been identified as Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the announcement at a news conference, saying that they will hand over the body to relatives through the North Korean embassy after police autopsy and all other procedures are completed.
The man, who was carrying a North Korean passport fell ill at the capital's international airport on Monday and he died while being rushed at the hospital.
It is believed that North Korean agents killed him with nerve gas and suspicions are raised that the Korean Peninsula is responsible for Kim Jong Nam's death.
Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities detained a second suspect behind the murder of Kim Hong Nam. Malaysian police announced that a a second woman had been detained in connection with the apparent murder. They say the woman had an Indonesian passport identifying her as a 25-year old. On Wednesday, they've detained a woman holding a Vietnamese passport. Police say both women had been captured on security camera footage in the airport, but they have not said what they have to do with the case. The woman detained told authorities that she and the other woman and four men were also involved.
In other news, North Korean athletes arrived in Japan to take part in the Asian Winter Games, which open in Hokkaido on Sunday. 5 male speed skaters accompanied by officials were seen in transit at an airport in Beijing on Thursday. All were wearing identical black coats and ties. They are expected to arrive in Sapporo on Friday after receiving their visas at the Japanese Embassy in the Chinese capital.
Source: NHK World