Kuala Lumpur // Malaysian police have arrested a North Korean man over the assassination of Kim Jong-un's half brother, as relations between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur nosedived over a battle for his body.
Kim Jong Nam suddenly fell ill at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday as he waited for a flight home to Macau. Malaysia has also been a key place for quiet, semi-official "track two" diplomatic talks between North Korea and the US. Police refused to elaborate when asked by correspondents from the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily.
The third person arrested is a Malaysian man.
Siti Aishah, an Indonesian citizen, was arrested at 2am on Thursday at a hotel in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Indonesian authorities have been able to meet with that suspect and confirmed she is an Indonesian national, according to the wire service.
Malaysia hit back by saying the country's rules must be followed. Indonesian Immigration has said Aisyah traveled to Malaysia and other countries it did not specify.
A Malaysian official said medical workers had started a second autopsy Friday night because results of the first one were inconclusive.
Officers later arrested Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin, a 26-year-old Malaysian man.
Investigators are beginning to shed light on the mysterious, sudden death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother in Malaysia on Tuesday.
North Korea said it would categorically reject Malaysia's autopsy report, and accused Malaysia of "colluding with outside forces", in a veiled reference to rival nation South Korea.
The two female suspects have been remanded in custody for seven days.
China Press quoted local police as confirming the man was the mastermind and chief agent behind the carefully planned murder.
Jong-nam, who had used the name Kim Chol, reportedly died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.
"We will categorically reject the result of the post-mortem", Kang said, adding that the move disregarded "elementary global laws and consular laws".
The case is still under investigation by police.
The director of the department's forensics division said the samples would be analyzed as soon as possible but declined to say what type of product it was or the number of samples delivered and whether the product was a liquid or poison, the newspaper wrote.
The ambassador said he had met Malaysian police to demand the release of the body but was refused.
He sought help, collapsed and died on his way to hospital.
Photographs, said to be the last moments of Kim Jogn-nam have been published by Straits.
The report also said that Siti Aisyah was tasked with using a handkerchief to cover Jong-nam's face while Doan administered an injection.
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