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Immigration Authorities To Deport North Korean Ri Jong-chol Today

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PUTRAJAYA – A North Korean man held to assist in the investigation into the murder of a North Korean in Malaysia last month is to be deported today, according to immigration authorities.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the police handed Ri Jong-chol to the Immigration Department at 9.30am today for deportation as decided by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Jong-chol, 47, was remanded to assist in the probe into the killing of Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam on Feb 13 at the KL International Airport 2. Jong-nam is the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“He (Jong-chol) is scheduled to be deported to his home country today,” Musfatar said in a statement.

Mustafar said Jong-chol would be accompanied back to his country by two officials of the North Korean Embassy here.

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