More arrests of suspects in Jong-nam’s murder expected

Malaysian police are poised to make more arrests, including a major suspect, over the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur international airport last month, New Straits Times Online reported on Sunday.

Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar however declined to elaborate, saying only that the suspects will be arrested at the appropriate timings.

“I do not deny that there are more North Koreans involved in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam and we will use the proper channels according to the law to arrest them,” said Khalid.

Police have so far named seven North Korean men wanted in connection with the murder, including four believed to have fled back to North Korea and three who are suspected to be holed up in the North Korean embassy in KL.

Khalid also called on members of the public not to make any speculation based on the CCTV recording of the assassination at the KL airport and news reports of the possible involvement of a ninth suspect.

He said police have no further need to keep Jong-nam’s body as they have already wrapped up investigation on the victim’s identity and cause of death.