Malaysia: More Arrests Expected in Kim Jong-nam Death

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    March 20, 2017 08:12

    Malaysian police are expected to make a few more arrests, including an "important person," in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, state media reported Sunday.

    Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar declined to elaborate on details when speaking to the state media, adding that the arrests would be made at the appropriate time.

    "I don't deny we are targeting new individuals including North Korean nationals involved in this murder, and we will use all legal channels to apprehend them. Although I can't reveal who they are, we believe there is an 'important person' among them," he told state media.

    The police chief did not respond immediately when contacted by Reuters for comment.

    Malaysia's Royal Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar (center) speaks during a news conference regarding the death of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, at the Malaysian police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Feb. 22, 2017. /Reuters

    Malaysian police have previously identified eight North Koreans wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam, some of them hiding in the North Korean embassy. A Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman have been charged in the case.

    Kim Jong-nam was killed Feb. 13, when Malaysian police say two women smeared toxic VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

    On Thursday, police said Interpol issued a "red notice," the closest to an international arrest warrant, for four North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder.

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