Interpol Red Notice obtained for four N. Korean suspects (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA: The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has released an Interpol Red Notice for the four North Koreans suspects wanted over the murder of Kim Jong-Nam.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the notice was for the arrest of the four Pyongyang nationals who had fled the country since the assassination took place on Feb 13.

"I would like to inform you that we have obtained the Interpol Red Notice for the four nationals who were at the airport on the day of the incident and who have since left. We believe they are in Pyongyang now.

"We have obtained the notice against them and we are hoping to get them via Interpol. I think that's all I wanna say today," he told reporters after attending the International Conference on Rohingya, here, today.

An Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today, where Interpol would circulate notices to member countries listing persons who are wanted for extradition.

A check on Interpol's website also found all four suspects to be listed on it.

Malaysia had previously sought help from the Interpol, seeking for a blue notice, which is to be used to help locate, identify or obtain information on a person of interest in a criminal investigation.

The four North Koreans have been previously identified by the police as Ri Ji Hyon, 32, Hong Song Hac, 32, O Joong Gil, 54, and Ri Jae Nam, 56.

The suspects, who were present at klia2 when Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, was killed, have fled the country the day of the assassination.

Closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) had captured the four suspects closely moving with and observing the two women, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aishah, who had went up to Jong-Nam and swabbed his face with a poison-laced cloth.

Police are also currently looking for two more suspects, second secretary at the North Korean embassy Hyon Kwang Song and staff of the North Korean state-owned airline Air Koryo Kim Uk Il, who are believed to be still in the country.

On claims by Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim that Jong-Nam's family wanted Malaysia to manage his remains, Khalid said he was unable to make any confirmation on the matter.

"What I can say today is that we have completed investigations on the body as I have said earlier on.

"And we leave it to the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to handle the body. Investigation is still ongoing," he said.

Last week, police had identified and confirmed the body as that of Jong-Nam, after the latter's family had provided DNA to positively identify him.

Jong-Nam was assassinated using VX nerve agent when he was about to board a flight to Macau.