Video footage has been released showing the assassination of a North Korean believed to be the half-brother of North Korea’s leader in the Malaysian capital.
The CCTV footage, released by Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV on Monday, purportedly shows a person believed to be Kim Jong-nam being assaulted at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by two women.
One woman can be seen holding the victim from behind while the other wipes a fast-acting poison on his face. The grainy CCTV images also show the victim, wearing a light-colored jacket, entering the airport departure hall, checking a departure board, and heading to a check-in counter before he is approached by the women who carried out the swift assault.
Footage later shows him seeking help from police and being escorted to a clinic at the airport.
The incident happened last Monday.
A murder by poisoning spills diplomatic blood
Meanwhile, a diplomatic row has erupted between Malaysia and North Korea over the killing and an ongoing probe by Malaysian authorities.
Malaysia’s determination to carry out an autopsy and its refusal to hand over the body directly to North Korea prompted the North Korean ambassador to question the motives of Malaysian authorities.
In rare comments to the media on Friday, Kang Chol, North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, claimed that Malaysian authorities were “colluding and playing into the gallery of external forces.”
In reaction, Malaysia recalled its envoy from Pyongyang and summoned Chol to explain his accusations.
Later on Monday, Ambassador Chol said Pyongyang could not trust Malaysian authorities with the investigation into the killing.
At the same time, Malaysian police are hunting for four North Koreans who fled the country on the day of the attack. Authorities have already detained one North Korean man, a Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman, and a Malaysian man in connection with the incident.
In a related development, an immigration office official in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, told media that three of the wanted North Koreans took a flight to Dubai from Jakarta late on the same day that the assassination took place.
Kim had been living in exile in the Chinese city of Macau. He was reportedly a critic of his younger half-brother, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.