Dubai – Malaysian police had arrested a North Korean man over the assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s brother, it was announced on Saturday.
Police said a 46-year-old was arrested on Friday evening with documents that identified him as North Korean citizen Ri Jong Chol, making him the first person from the North to be detained over the case.
The body of Kim Jong-Nam has been held in a Kuala Lumpur morgue since he was assassinated in a Cold War-style killing at the capital’s international airport on Monday.
Since Malaysia ignored demands to return the remains, Pyongyang accused Malaysia of conspiring with its enemies and said it would reject any results of a post-mortem examination carried out by local police.
“The Malaysian side forced the post-mortem without our permission and witnessing. We will categorically reject the result of the post-mortem conducted unilaterally excluding our attendance,” the North Korean ambassador told reporters gathered outside the morgue shortly before midnight on Friday.
North Korean state media has remained silent on the murder, which Seoul says was carried out by poison-wielding female agents working for Pyongyang.