Kim Jong Nam 'Loved KL Nightlife, Had Singapore Girlfriend'


Police said a Vietnamese travel document identified the woman as Doan Thi Huong.

The latest case marked the most high-profile death under the Kim Jong-un regime since the execution of Jang Song-thaek in December 2013, the once-powerful uncle of the incumbent leader.

Malaysian police have detained two more suspects in connection with the assassination of Mr Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday.

Police said they had detained a Malaysian man who was believed to be the boyfriend of the Indonesian suspect.

To follow up the verification process, the Indonesian embassy had requested consular access in order to ensure the woman's legal rights were fulfilled.

They said in a statement that the second woman "was also positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of the arrest".

Another woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the case.

Police have not said whether the women's passports are genuine. It was learnt that police are seeking four men to assist the investigation. Huong claimed she had thought it was a joke, but various circumstances (she had been staying at a hotel near the airport since February 11, and she was carrying a wad of cash amounting to 10,000 Malaysian ringgit, worth US$2,245) suggest that this was probably a contract killing. She claimed they abandoned her so she made a decision to return to the airport to catch a flight.

There have also been conflicting and often contradictory accounts from different divisions of the police - national and district - adding more confusion to the story.

The fate of the two women suspected of the crime is unsure, with some sources in Japan saying that they are both now dead, possibly after committing suicide.

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The North Korean Embassy in Malaysia has confirmed Kim Jong Nam's identity according to Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamid.

But his attempt to visit Tokyo Disneyland reportedly soured North Korea's leadership on his potential as a successor.

Since taking power in late 2011, Kim Jong Un has executed or purged a number of high-level government officials in what the South Korean government has described as a "reign of terror".

There was also no mention of Kim Jong Nam's death in North Korean state media, as of early Thursday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked the birthday of his father Kim Jong Il, which is a national holiday in the country.

Those critics accuse North Korea of being a state that operates outside the law. He was travelling under the name Kim Chol.

Malaysia is one of a dwindling number of countries that has close relations with North Korea, which is under global sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile launches.

Chan Kok Leong contributed to this post, from Kuala Lumpur.

North Korea imports refined oil, natural rubber and palm oil from Malaysia, which buys electrical and electronic items, chemicals as well as iron and steel products from North Korea.

The astonishing killing, which reportedly came at the hands of two female assassins, set off waves of speculation over whether North Korea had dispatched a hit squad to kill a man known for his drinking, gambling and complicated family life.