North Korea's Malaysian murder mystery

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By Natalie Huet
North Korea's Malaysian murder mystery

<p>North Korean officials have objected to an autopsy on the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un, and asked to immediately retrieve the body, Malaysian government sources said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Malaysia rejected the request and had yet to decide whether to hand over to North Korea the body of Kim Jong Nam, 46, who died after a mysterious assault at Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday. He reportedly told medical workers he had been attacked with a chemical spray, and South Korea’s intelligence agency <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/15/skorea-says-kim-jong-nam-was-poisoned-by-nkorean-agents">believes he was poisoned</a>.</p> <p>Malaysian police detained a woman holding Vietnamese travel papers, and were looking for several other foreign suspects. The young woman, wearing a white shirt with the letters “<span class="caps">LOL</span>” on the front, was identified from <span class="caps">CCTV</span> footage at the airport and was alone when arrested.</p> <p>Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of late leader Kim Jong Il, had spoken out publicly against his family’s control of North Korea. He <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-malaysia-kim-murder-idUKKBN15U06D">reportedly feared for his life and even wrote a letter</a> asking to his half-brother to spare him and his son Kim Han-sol.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kim Jong-nam was so afraid of assassins that he even begged for his life in a letter to his half brother in 2012 <a href="https://t.co/hw0RmkXoX3">https://t.co/hw0RmkXoX3</a></p>— The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/831893348642336772">February 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>North Korean diplomats arguing about the body, while eating <span class="caps">KFC</span></h3> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-body-idUSKBN15U1OT?mod=related&channelName=worldNews">Reuters reported</a> that North Korean officials spent hours trying to talk Malaysia out of conducting the autopsy on Kim Jong Nam. His body was taken to a hospital for investigations, North Korean embassy officials followed, and were there so long that they ordered a meal from <span class="caps">KFC</span>, reporters at the hospital told the news agency.</p> <p>Meanwhile in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un attended a mass rally marking 75 years since his father was born. South Korean intelligence say there’s little doubt he ordered the poisoning of his half-brother, following a failed attempt several years ago.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kim Jong-nam assassination: Four things that may have sealed his fate <a href="https://t.co/naOWAIhcMq">https://t.co/naOWAIhcMq</a> <a href="https://t.co/gY5orf6rBW">pic.twitter.com/gY5orf6rBW</a></p>— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/TelegraphNews/status/831866968449748994">February 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>