IGP’S JONG-NAM FIASCO: N. KOREA TO ISSUE STATEMENT ON DEPORTATION OF MURDER ‘SUSPECT’

PUTRAJAYA – A North Korean embassy official showed up at the Immigration Department headquarters here after suspect Ri Jong-chol was sent here for his deportation to be processed.

The official, Kim Su Yong, arrive about an hour after Ri was brought here by an armed police escort at around 9.15am on Friday.

Kim, who is believed to be helping with Ri’s release, emerged from the building just before noon to a media frenzy.

However, he seemed in no mood to talk as he strode determinedly past them to his car. Unfortunately, not knowing where the vehicle was, he walked around outside the Immigration building for five minutes looking for it.

During that time, Kim was being bombarded by questions from the media who had formed a moving circle around him.

He merely shouted “No comment!” to all the questions as he searched for his car.

At the end, he said “Have press statement” as he got into the car when his driver finally showed up.

Ri was released early Friday after his second remand expired. He is due to be deported.

The North Korean was arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali had earlier confirmed that Ri, who was detained on Feb 18, would be released from police custody after his second remand expires, and deported.

“He will not be charged here as there is insufficient evidence against him,” Apandi said Thursday.

He also said that Ri, who was detained at his condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama, would need to be deported as he does not possess valid documents.

– ANN

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