Kim Jong Nam 'loved KL nightlife, had Singapore girlfriend'
Kim Jong Nam 'loved KL nightlife, had Singapore girlfriend'
Business as usual Alang attending to customers says he feels under pressure over the incident
17 February, 2017, 10:43
The BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Kuala Lumpur dissects a week of mystery and intrigue. South Korea's National Intelligence Service pointed to the North's top reconnaissance bureau as the likely mastermind behind the killing.
"This is all being done to divert attention from the impeachment of the South Korean president and to discredit North Korea", he said.
A state-run Chinese tabloid has said media allegations that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was behind the murder of his half-brother were aimed at "demonising and overthrowing" his government. "Probably this [passport] is an undercover document". They said the Indonesian passport holder, identified as Siti Aishah, was arrested around 2 a.m. Thursday.
There have also been conflicting and often contradictory accounts from different divisions of the police - national and district - adding more confusion to the story. Although police have detained three suspects, the hand behind the assassination remains unknown. Two women are amongst them. They had all been staying at a hotel not far from the airport, she told police, and when they left her, she made a decision to fly to Vietnam from the terminal where the attack took place.
Police sources claim CCTV footage at klia2 on Sunday show 6 people "being playful, spraying liquid at each other", and likely surveying airport security.
Investigators are trying to piece together the details of a death that set off a torrent of speculation over whether Kim Jong Un dispatched a hit squad to kill his estranged older sibling. "After that, I was left by myself, and I don't know where they went", Huong told the police.
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Although Kim Jong Nam had been originally tipped by some outsiders as a possible successor to his late dictator father, Kim Jong Il, others thought that was unlikely because he lived outside the country, including recently in Macau.
Closely related to this argument is the view that China had always been protective of Kim Jong-nam, who often stayed in Macau, a Chinese territory, partly because it thought of him as a substitute for Kim Jong-un should the regime fall. "After all the police and medical procedures are completed we may release the body to the next of kin through the embassy", he said.
A former North Korean spy now living in South Korea said any Pyongyang-sanctioned assassination of an important figure would take months, even years, of preparation.
But when I spoke to staff at the airport who may have witnessed what happened, no-one was willing to talk to me.
"The cause of death is strongly suspected to be a poisoning attack", said South Korean lawmaker Kim Byung-kee, who was briefed by his country's spy agency. How exactly did he die? Malaysian authorities have conducted an autopsy but have not yet released the results.
North Korean diplomats in Kuala Lumpur tried - unsuccessfully - to stop an autopsy from taking place and are now seeking the return of Kim Jong Nam's body.
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He was an outspoken critic of the North Korean regime and often spoke out against his family's control of the country. It said that two women believed to be North Korean operatives were responsible for the poisoning.
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