Facts 1 – Who Is Kim Jong Nam ?
He was a man born to a mistress of a dictator, and the family’s rising star who was earmarked to take over from his father as leader of reclusive North Korea.
However, a fallout with his father saw him being overlooked with his younger half-brother taking over. Then came life in exile as he secretly entered China and Japan.
Jong-nam was born on May 10, 1971, and was the eldest son of Kim Jong-il, former leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. His mother was a movie star. From roughly 1994 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea, according to Wikipedia.
In 1998, Jong-nam was appointed to a senior position in the Ministry of Public Security, the DPRK, as a future leader. He was also reported to have been appointed head of the DPRK Computer Committee, in charge of developing an information technology (IT) industry. In January 2001, he accompanied his father to Shanghai, where he had talks with Chinese officials on the IT industry.
Facts 2 – Kim Jong Nam Assassinated in Malaysia
North Korean Embassy Cars Seen At KL Hospital Mortuary
Three cars belonging to the North Korean embassy were seen in the compound of the mortuary at Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL).
At least two of the cars were parked inside the compound while the third was seen parked outside with a police patrol car parked behind it. The cars had diplomatic number plates, one of which was 28-35-DC.
The occupants of the cars were at the mortuary where a post-mortem on the body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was being carried out.
It is believed that Jong-nam arrived in Malaysia from Macau on Feb 6 and was about to leave when he was attacked.
The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been assassinated in Malaysia, believed to be by two women operatives who attacked him with liquid poison just before he was to take a flight to Macau.“He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed his face from behind and splashed some liquid on him.
“He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airport’s clinic. At this point, he was experiencing headache and was on the verge of passing out,” said SAC Fadzil.
“At the clinic, the victim experienced a mild seizure. He was put into an ambulance and was being taken to the Putrajaya Hospital when he was pronounced dead,” he said.
Facts 3 – Who Assassinated Kim Jong Un
Global news agencies such as The Channel NewsAsia, Reuters and CNBC made it their prime news yesterday, reporting about his death in Malaysia, stating that Jong-nam was poisoned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) by two women, believed to be North Korean operatives.
News agencies Mail Online and Telegraph reported that Jong-nam was “assassinated” by two women.
The Telegraph said the two women were spies and that they had used poisoned needles to kill Jong-nam.
Mail Online pointed out that Jong-nam’s death is the highest profile death under the Jong-un regime since the execution of the leader’s uncle Jang Song-thaek in December 2013.
There was also the bizarre, such as an online news agency called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a satire site, which claimed Jong-nam died from “unsanitary food practices” by Malaysians.
Facts 4 – Places That Kim Jong Nam Have Been Before
In May 2001, Jong-nam was arrested at Narita International Airport accompanied by two women and a four-year-old boy identified as his son. He was travelling on a forged Dominican Republic passport using a Chinese alias, Pang Xiong, which means “fat bear”. He was deported to China. ( China )
A botched attempt to secretly enter Japan using a fake passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2001 earned him his father’s wrath and his younger half-brother Kim Jong-un was named heir apparent in September 2010. Jong-nam is said to have made several clandestine visits to Japan, starting as early as 1995. He became “a familiar figure” at a bathhouse in Yoshiwara, one of Tokyo’s red light districts. ( Japan )
He was always known for his flamboyant lifestyle and even treated his son to a concert by South Korean pop stars. ( South Korea )
Jong-nam has claimed that he fell out of favour because he became an advocate for reform after being educated in Switzerland, leading his father to decide that he had turned “into a capitalist”.
In 2014, Jong-nam was reported to be in Indonesia – sighted at an Italian restaurant run by a Japanese businessman in Jakarta – and was said to be shuttling back and forth between Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and France. ( Indonesia )
In an email to the editor of Tokyo Shimbun, Jong-nam wrote: “After I went back to North Korea following my education in Switzerland, I grew further apart from my father because I insisted on reform and market-opening, and was eventually viewed with suspicion. ( Switzerland)
Jong-nam had been living incognito with his family in exile in Macau. He is said to have two wives, at least one mistress, and several children in Macau and Beijing. ( Macau )
He has been seen variously in these two cities and Singapore and is even believed to have had a lover living in Singapore. ( Singapore )
He is also known to have travelled to Austria and France for medical reasons. ( Austria & France )
It is not known why he decided to come to Malaysia. ( Malaysia )
Facts 5 – How North Korean Assassins Get Their Targets
The communist regime is seen frequently using toxic materials to kill defectors in the South and South Korean human rights activists working overseas. A toxic spray is thought to have been used in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the older half-brother of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
A spy, who is only identified by his surname Ahn, was found to have received orders to kill Park from a spy in Mongolia.
He was arrested with two poison guns, a poison pen with a toxic tip and the poisonous pills which could kill a victim in 3 second after ingested.
The toxic pen contained neostigmine bromide in its tip, which can kill a victim with only as little as 10mg.
Facts 6 – The “Prince” of Macau
A big drinker, Jong-nam has seldom been seen drunk in Macau. Fond of the odd spell at a slot machine, he is not known as a degenerate gambler. His generous belly attests to his love of food. Two or three times a week, Jong-nam will emerge from his hotel suite to feast at restaurants, usually on Korean food.
Aware of the physical toll of his night-owl existence, sources who know Jong-nam say he takes to the sauna for hours at a time. With his designer label clutch bags, fashionable glasses and leisure suits, he could pass for one of the increasing numbers of mainland high-rollers now thronging Macau’s high-end hotels.
Similarly, he keeps to the same late-night drinking haunts, so far avoiding the newer gin palaces now springing up as part of Macau’s US-led casino boom and being led by such glitzy establishments as the Sands, Wynn or Galaxy casinos.
Jong-nam is rarely seen with his family, who live quietly in a spacious villa tucked away in a wooded part of Coloane, Macau’s outer island. For his own accommodation he has a preference for the Mandarin Oriental near the Macau ferry terminal.
Whenever he returns from his frequent trips to Beijing, Bangkok, Moscow and Europe, Jong-nam always seems to celebrate his return in style. ‘That’s when he parties the hardest,’ said one source. ‘He likes the company of old friends.’
Facts 7 – Malaysia Taxi Usher May Be Last Person To Have Seen Female Assassin
He may be the last person to have seen one of Kim Jong-nam’s female assassins before she fled in a taxi at KLIA2. But taxi usher Alang, who serves thousands of passengers at the busy airport, said he has no memory of meeting the femme fatale who is being called Ms Poison by the media.
But following the news break on Monday’s brazen murder at the airport, the man who was caught on closed circuit-television camera punching her taxi coupon has been inundated with calls from relatives, friends and even the police.
“I’m under pressure. They ask me what I can tell them or what I can remember. But I don’t remember anything.
“If you see how many people are here and I punch all their coupons, how can I remember them? It’s not that I don’t want to help,” said the usher, who has only been working at KLIA2 for about three weeks.
According to reports, Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was attacked in the shopping concourse of the airport by two women who reportedly used a chemical spray to poison him.
At least one of them, a fair-skinned woman in a white top and blue denim skirt, was then seen getting into a taxi and being driven off. Police are hunting for the two women.
Facts 8- Concerns Rising Over Safety of Kim Jong-nam’s Son Kim Han-Sol
The whereabouts and safety of the 21-year -old son of Kim Jong-nam is one of the many questions that arose following the death of his father earlier this week.
Born in Pyongyang in 1995, Kim Han-sol moved to Macau at a young age after his father reportedly fell out of favour with the grandfather Kim Jong-il in the early 2000s.
In a rare TV interview with Finnish broadcaster YLE in 2012, he openly spoke of his wish for eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula.
“I have always dreamed one day I will go back and make things better, make it easier for all the people there,” he told the interviewer, former UN Under Secretary-General Elisabeth Rehn.
Kim Han-sol, according to media reports, is now studying at France’s prestigious Sciences-Po university. The IEP de Paris that he is joining is part of France’s grandes ecoles (higher education research institute) system, which exists outside of the regular university framework.
Facts 9 – Clearer Image of Jong-nam’s alleged Killer Caught On CCTV
CCTV cameras at KLIA2 have captured a clearer image of a woman believed to be one of the assassins who killed Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The image zooms in on the alleged killer’s features, depicting her to be middle-aged and of Asian descent.
In the grainy image, she can be seen wearing a top with the word “LOL” in large letters and a blue short skirt, with her right hand over a small sling handbag.
An earlier CCTV image that had been circulating online showed a picture of a woman believed to be the same person, but taken from a greater distance and at a different angle.
Facts 10 – One of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassins Arrested
The police have said that they have arrested a woman holding a Vietnamese passport who is believed to be involved in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam (pic) at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday. The woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, was detained by police in front of the airport at about 9am on Wednesday. It is believed that she had returned to the airport to catch a flight to Vietnam.
Asked if the suspect was the woman pictured in the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said, “It is her.”
“We recognised her from the footage and picked her up. We are holding her in the Selangor police headquarters for questioning.
“Yes, we believe she was involved in the incident on Monday,” he said.
He said police are now working with diplomats from North Korea and Vietnam to ascertain if the woman in their custody is truly of Vietnamese origin. Noor Rashid said besides another female accomplice, police were also looking for “several more” suspects involved in the death. Police sources said they were also looking for four men in connection with the case.