The North Korean man arrested in connection with the assassination of Kim Jong Nam has been set free by the Malaysian police.
According to the authorities, there is insufficient evidence to be used in charging Ri Jong Chol, and for that reason, Mr. Jong will be deported over immigration office, reports Washington Post.
Approximately three weeks after the murder incident, the use of the powerful VX nerve agent in the attack has been condemned by Malaysia.
“It was greatly concerned its use could have endangered the public”, said the Malaysia Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Mr. Kim is also known to be the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. His death took place on February 13th in one of the airports in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Two Women Charged
On Thursday, two women were charged in the court with killing Mr. Kim. The women are said to have smeared his (Mr. Kim’s) face with VX nerve agent which is a banned chemical weapon.
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam have said that at first, they thought it was a Television prank, and after confirming that it was not, they are yet to make a formal plea in their case.
Currently, Malaysia is in the process of seeking seven other suspects from North Korea. Among the suspects is an embassy official.
North Korea has been blamed indirectly for the attack, but there is a suspicion that Pyongyang was behind the attack.
The allegation has been strongly rejected by North Korea. In addition, it has also rejected the post-mortem results, this is after it had objected to it being performed at all, and has demanded that the body should be handed over to them.
It has not been confirmed yet if the body is that of Kim Jong-nam, as he is still being acknowledged as a North Korean citizen. One reason for this being that Mr. Kim had a passport bearing a different name, and he used the same passport for travelling purposes.
Malaysia releases North Korean and plan to deport him
Though he has been living in Malaysia for a period of three years now, the officials demanded that Ri Jong Chol would be deported because he is in possession of invalid travel documents. According to the report issued by Reuters News Agency, Mr. Jong’s work permit expired on February 6th 2017.
On Thursday, Malaysia made announcement that there would be no more visa-free travel for visiting North Koreans. This was because of security reasons of which some were cited by the officials.