The Indonesian woman arrested for allegedly assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother Kim Jong-nam, claimed that she was paid RM400 to smear his face with 'baby oil' as part of a reality show prank. She told this to Indonesia's acting ambassador to Malaysia Andreano Erwin during her meeting with him at the Cyberjaya Police Station today.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Andreano said that the suspect mentioned that she was approached for the job by several "Japanese- and Korean-looking men", one of whom told her to do the job.
Malaysia said today it would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong-nam if he doesn't voluntarily cooperate with the police. "Reasonable" time will be given for the diplomat to come forward before police take further action, said Abdul Samah Mat, the police chief for Selangor state.
Selangor police chief Abdul Samah Mat has confirmed that police had taken samples from a condominium in Jalan Klang Lama, believed to be related to the investigation on the murder of Kim Jong-nam.
He said the samples taken from the condominium, The Verve Suite, on Thursday, was part of the health procedure in the investigation and would be sent to the Chemistry Department for analysis.
"We however could not confirm specifically if the samples taken are liquid or chemical. Nothing positive can be confirmed yet as it is still being investigated," he told reporters after launching the JomFest Carnival-BigFood Festival in Kuala Lumpur, today.
On a report by a local English media that a man was arrested following the raid, Abdul Samah denied the report, saying no new arrest was made.
Commenting further on the investigation, he said police were now working closely with the Chemistry Department, Forensic Department and the Malaysian Nuclear Agency to investigate if the chemical used in the killing had radioactive effects.
Asked if there had been any development from the North Korean Embassy, Abdul Samah said no officials from the embassy had come forward to hand over the wanted individual to date.
He said the police would continue to give a reasonable period to the embassy to hand over the wanted individual to assist in the investigation.
...Wang Weimin, an international-relations specialist at Fudan University in Shanghai, said China had security measures in place to protect Kim Jong Nam from North Korean agents, even though it had long recognized he was not leadership material.“China did not have huge expectations for him but provided protection for him and his family,” Wang said, “because China had political sympathy” for him. Wang estimated the likelihood that Kim Jong Un had ordered his older brother’s assassination at 80 percent. “It is not surprising that he wants to clean out anybody threatening to his reign,” he said.
Officials in China also seem to be leaning toward the theory that Kim Jong Un ordered the killing. An editorial in the state-run Global Times said that Beijing would join in expressions of international condemnation if Malaysian authorities conclude that Kim Jong Nam was assassinated. “Human civilization is now in the 21st century, and such a savage and outdated political device should be cast into the museums of history,” it read.