|This photo taken on Feb 11, 2007 shows Kim Jong-nam walking amongst journalists upon his arrival at Beijing's international airport. (JIJI PRESS / AFP)|
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police said Thursday they had arrested a Malaysian man to assist their investigation in the death of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of Kim Jong-un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The police have been looking into the connections between the suspects and trying to pin down their roles in the death of Kim Jong-nam
Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin, 26, was arrested by police on Wednesday evening, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement.
Jalaluddin has been identified as the boyfriend of the second suspect, an Indonesian passport bearer who was arrested Thursday morning.
Bakar said the suspect is currently remanded in custody to assist investigation.
Abdul Samah Mat, the police chief of Selangor state, told Xinhua earlier that the suspect was arrested in Ampang city of Selangor state.
He said that information learnt from the boyfriend led to the arrest of "Siti Aishah," the second suspect, who along with the first was seen in CCTV footage after Kim's death.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed on Thursday that the DPRK man who died in Malaysia was Kim Jong-nam.
The local police chief clarified that they only arrested the man to let him assist the investigation.
Malaysian police earlier identified the man as Kim Chol, according to his passport, but Zahid said the man was indeed Kim Jong-nam.
During a press conference on Thursday, when asked if the man was confirmed to be Kim Jong-nam, Zahid relied, "yes, certainly yes."
He said he was briefed by the police that the DPRK embassy had confirmed Kim's identity.
Malaysian authorities would only release the body after the postmortem is completed, said the official.The police have been looking into the connections between the suspects and trying to pin down their roles in the death of Kim Jong-nam.
|Police officers are seen in Kuala Lumpur International Airport where Kim Jong-nam was reportedly killed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Margie Mason)|
Also, they have been investigating as a murder case instead of sudden death of Kim. A local court has granted a seven-day remand order for the first two suspects.
The first female suspect, holding a Vietnamese passport, was arrested on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport's second terminal, where the deceased Kim looked for help after feeling unwell on Monday.
Kim died later on Monday enroute to hospital.
His body was taken to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday for post mortem to ascertain the cause of his death.
The results of the post mortem are yet to be released.