Malaysia police arrest second woman over N. Korea killing (clone 1487230067)
Malaysia police arrest second woman over N. Korea killing (clone 1487230067)

Malaysian police have arrested a third person in connection to the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother.

An Indonesian woman and a Malaysian man, believed to be the woman’s boyfriend, were detained on Thursday night local time, after a woman was arrested on Wednesday.

South Korean intelligence chiefs say Kim Jong-Nam was poisoned as he walked through Kuala Lumpur International Airport on his way to board a flight for Macau.

The 45-year-old had some kind of liquid sprayed in his face after being set upon by two women, Malaysian police have said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Source: AAP

He was rushed to hospital suffering from a seizure, but was dead before he got there.

A 28-year-old woman, was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after the assassination, and was carrying a Vietnamese passport with the name Doan Thi Huong.

A TV screen shows pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his older brother Kim Jong-nam, left, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Source: AAP

Fairfax Media has quoted Malaysian Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said the second woman was carrying an Indonesian passport under the name of Siti Aishah, which said she was born in Serang.

"She was identified based on CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of arrest," Mr Khalid told Fairfax Media.


CCTV images that emerged in Malaysian media, purportedly of one of the suspects, showed an Asian woman wearing a white top with the letters "LOL" emblazoned on the front.

The woman in the LOL shirt was spotted on CCTV at the airport. Source: VTN
The woman is listed as a Vietnamese national. Source: VTN
Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been killed in Malaysia. Source: AAP
Kim Jong-nam had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control. Source: AAP

North Korea 'objects to autopsy'

Kim's body was being held at Kuala Lumpur Hospital following an autopsy, the results of which have not yet been released.

North Korea had objected to the post-mortem examination being carried out, a senior Malaysian official familiar with the investigation told AFP.

A picture taken in 1981 shows Kim Jong-nam (on the right in the front row), the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, together with their father the late Kim Jong-il (on the left in the front row). Photo: EPA

"But we told them to follow Malaysia's laws," he added.

An official at the morgue said they had no indication who would claim the body or when.

But North Korean embassy officials were seen visiting the hospital's forensics department in a diplomatic vehicle on Wednesday afternoon and again overnight.

North Korea has refused to allow an autopsy of the North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong-nam. Photo: AP
The controversial North Korean leader. Photo: AP

If confirmed, the assassination, which analysts said could have been ordered over reports Kim was readying to defect, would be the highest-profile death under the watch of the North's young leader Kim Jong-Un.

Jong-Nam was the eldest son of Kim Jong-Il, but on his father's death in 2011 the succession went to Jong-Un, who was born to the former leader's third wife.

The first-born had at one time been set to assume the leadership of his isolated country, but fell out of favour after an embarrassing attempt to get into Japan on a fake passport in 2001.

He has since lived in exile, with much of his time spent in the gambling enclave of Macau, where he was believed to have enjoyed some protection from Chinese security forces.

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Known as an advocate of reform in the North and believed to have ties with Beijing's elite, Jong-Nam once told Japanese reporters that he opposed his country's dynastic system.

Reports of purges and executions have emerged from Jong-Un's North Korea in recent years, as the young leader tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of international pressure over his country's nuclear and missile programs.

In 2012 Jong-Nam sent a letter to his younger brother begging him to spare his life, a member of South Korea's parliamentary intelligence committee told reporters after news of the airport killing broke.

AFP

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