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N. Korean Suspect Released From Custody

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SEPANG: North Korean Ri Jong-chol was released from remand at around 8.50am on Friday.

He was then driven out of the Sepang police headquarters, where he was being held.

Jong-chol arrived at the Immigration Department headquarters in Putrajaya at 9.15am to begin the process of his deportation.

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 Jong-chol, 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 Jong-chol, who was detained at his condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama, would need to be deported as he does not possess valid documents.

Jong-chol, described as an expert in chemistry, was supposedly working at the IT department of Tombo Enterprise Sdn Bhd, a company producing anti-cancer supplements in Cheras.

He graduated in the science and medicine field from a university in North Korea in 2000. Some 10 years later he worked for a research centre in Kolkata, India, until 2011.

He allegedly drove one of four North Korean men who are believed to be the masterminds behind Jong-nam’s murder.

 

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