PHOTO: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where Kim Jong Nam was murdered. (Photo via Flickr/Jorge Lascar)
As part of the investigation into the murder of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysian media is reporting that police have issued an arrest warrant for a North Korean airline employee in connection to the assassination.
According to WYFF4.com, Royal Malaysia Police Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar announced the arrest warrant for 37-year old Air Koryo employee Kim Uk Il. Authorities want to question the man regarding his connection to Kim Jong Nam’s murder by two women using a VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.
Kim Jong Nam was the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In addition to the arrest warrant for Kim Uk Il, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a request seeking cooperation from the second secretary at the North Korean embassy Hyon Kwang Song as part of the police investigation.
On Friday, the North Korean man arrested in connection with the assassination, Ri Jong Chol, was transported from a police station in Sepang under heavy escort to immigration officials for deportation to North Korea. Authorities say they didn’t have enough evidence to Ri Jong Chol in connection with Kim Jong Nam’s murder.
Officials from North Korea continue to deny any connection to the assassination.