PETALING JAYA: The police have arrested one of the four men wanted over the killing of North Korean Kim Jong Nam at klia2, on Monday morning.
The 47-year-old man, who was in possession of a North Korean passport, was arrested in a raid at a condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur at about 11pm on Friday night, The Star reported.
That brings to four the number of people who have been arrested so far over the killing, which has brought the attention of global media on Malaysia in the past week.
Police were previously reported as saying that two women and four men were the prime suspects in the killing of Jong Nam, who is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother.
On Wednesday, police had arrested a woman who held a Vietnamese passport, bearing the name Doan Thi Huong, after she went back to the scene of the crime to board a flight to Vietnam.
Then, on early Thursday morning, the police raided a room at a hotel in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, to arrest the second woman. She was carrying an Indonesian passport which stated her name as Siti Aisyah, and that she was from the town of Serang, in a province which neighbours Jakarta.
Both the women were positively identified based on CCTV footage which was taken from the klia2 terminal on the day of the incident.
The third suspect in police custody is a Malaysian in his twenties, and said to be Siti Aisyah’s boyfriend.
With the latest arrest, three more men are being hunted by police in the investigation into Jong-nam’s murder, according to the daily.
Jong Nam, who is the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6, and was scheduled to board a 9am flight to Macau on Monday. While at the klia2, he was approached by a woman who sprayed him with a liquid, while another woman held a cloth over his face.
He asked for medical assistance at the klia2 service counter but died on the way to the hospital.