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North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong-nam murder case freed

May 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) After a lengthy trial, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong is freed after she pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge of 'causing injury' over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam

Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong boards a car after appearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2019. - A Vietnamese woman charged with assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother lost her bid for immediate release March 14 as Malaysian authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

Vietnam woman in Kim brother murder to be freed on May 3

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:16 PM

'We have been told by prison authorities that Huong will be freed on May 3,' says Doan Thi Huong's lawyer

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case to be freed in May – lawyer

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Doan Thi Huong, originally charged with murder, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing injury

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination accepts new charge, likely to go free

Apr 01, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Doan Thi Huong smiles and says 'I'm happy' after prosecutors presented the new charge in a Malaysian court, where she has been on trial since 2017

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed,' says Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

REGRET. In this file photo, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam family of Kim murder suspect urge her not to lose hope

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Doan Thi Huong could face death by hanging if found guilty of the assassination of Kim Kong-nam

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong boards a car after appearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mohdf Rasfan/AFP

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case loses bid for release

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Doan Thi Huong breaks down in tears as a prosecutor tells a court the attorney-general rejects a request to free her

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (L), 28, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free Kim assassin suspect

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is set to appear in court on Thursday, March 14, after her lawyers asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a hearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 during trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia court frees Indonesian in Kim Jong-nam murder case

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The news is a surprise as the court has only been scheduled to hear Doan Thi testify. The Vietnamese woman is left in shock that she is not released alongside Siti Aisyah.

RELEASED. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (center) smiles while leaving the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 after her trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

'[Doan Thi Huong] is in good health, confident and is ready to take the stand,' says one of the suspects' lawyers

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-nam trial delayed further over witness statement row

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Proceedings in the trial of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong have moved slowly due to the large number of witnesses and the fact that hearings are held infrequently

TRIAL DELAYED. In this file photo, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (top C) are escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian police seeking pair to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The police says Raisa Rinda Salma and Dessy Meyrisinta, whose last addresses were recorded in Ampanga City, could not not be reached

ASSASSINATION. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Malaysia court rules North Korea assassination trial can proceed

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Judge Azmi Ariffin says there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam with nerve agent VX

TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (left) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (right) are taken to a Malaysian court where they will be tried for murder IF Kim Jong Nam. File photos from Agence France-Presse

Kim Jong-nam murder not a prank – prosecutors

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'It is an assassination, where the murder was carefully planned and executed,' says Malaysian state prosecutors

ASSASSINATION. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. finds North Korea killed Kim brother with VX agent

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The finding triggers another layer of US economic sanctions against Pyongyang, just as South Korea reported that the regime is ready for talks to end a nuclear standoff

KIM JONG-NAM'S MURDER. This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam at Beijing's international airport. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'visited Cambodia for TV pranks'

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:21 PM

The court hears that Siti Aisyah travelled to Phnom Penh on January 21 last year where she met a North Korean posing as a Japanese man named 'James' and another alleged North Korean agent Hong Song Hac, known by the pseudonym 'Mr. Chang,' at the Cambodian capital's airport

SITI AISYAH. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C), 25, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 28, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam murder suspect 'hired for multiple pranks' – lawyer

Feb 09, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Defense lawyers argue the women were recruited to take part in what they thought were prank TV shows but were instead tricked into becoming inadvertent assassins, in an elaborate plot by a group of North Korean agents

MURDER TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (R) is escorted by Malaysia police during a court appearance with Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (not pictured) at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam met American days before his death – witness

Jan 29, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Kim Jong-Nam meets the man at a hotel in Langkawi on February 9, a witness says during the trial of two women accused of killing him

MURDER TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (R) is escorted by Malaysia police during a court appearance with Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (not pictured) at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 22, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

East Asia Summit to slam murder of Kim Jong-Nam

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Leaders of the East Asia Summit make a call to 'prohibit the use of chemical weapons and toxic materials as weapons,' a draft statement shows

SLAIN BROTHER. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

LINI MASA: Persidangan Siti Aisyah, terdakwa kasus pembunuhan Kim Jong-Nam

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:42 PM

Siti Aisyah terancam hukuman mati jika terbukti bersalah membunuh Kim Jong-Nam

Kim Jong-Nam murder trial visits lab to view tainted clothes

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The visit to the government lab near Kuala Lumpur comes after a chemist last week testified there were traces of VX on the women's clothes

MURDER TRIAL. This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam at Beijing's international airport. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam suffered extensive organ damage, trial hears

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Vital organs, including Kim Jon-Nam's lungs and brain, swell due to a build-up of fluid, pathologist Mohamad Shah Mahmood testifies after carrying out the post-mortem

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Siti Aisyah mengaku tidak bersalah dalam kasus pembunuhan Kim Jong-Nam

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Siti Aisyah diancam hukuman mati jika terbukti bersalah

PEMBUNUHAN. Foto yang menunjukkan wajah Siti Aisyah, Kim Jong-Nam dan Doan Thi Huong. Siti dan Doan terlibat dalam kasus pembunuhan yang menewaskan Jong-Nam. Foto oleh AFP

Women plead not guilty to murdering North Korea leader's half-brother

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Two women go on trial accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea's leader, in an audacious assassination in Malaysia that stunned the world and sparked a diplomatic crisis

In this file photo, a man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Sidang WNI Siti Aisyah dimulai di Pengadilan Tinggi bulan Oktober

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Jika di persidangan terbukti Aisyah membunuh Kim Jong Nam maka ia bisa dihukum mati

SIDANG. Pengadilan memutuskan sidang perdana WNI Siti Aisyah yang terlibat dalam kasus pembunuhan Kim Jong-Nam akan digelar perdana pada bulan Oktober di Pengadilan Tinggi Shah Alam. Foto oleh Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam murder trial to start in October

Jul 28, 2017 - 10:02 AM

3rd UPDATE The women who face the death penalty if convicted deny carrying out the killing and say they were duped into believing they were taking part in a reality TV show

Kasus WNI Siti Aisyah dilimpahkan ke Pengadilan Tinggi Malaysia

May 30, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Jika terbukti bersalah maka Siti Aisyah dapat dijatuhi hukuman mati

DIKAWAL. Siti Aisyah terlihat dikawal ketat oleh personel polisi ketika menghadiri persidangan di Pengadilan rendah di Selangor pada 1 Maret. Dia hadir bersama dengan terdakwa asal Vietnam, Doan Thi Huong karena diduga membunuh kakak tiri Kim Jong-Un pada 13 Februari. Foto oleh Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Laywer for accused in Kim murder slams 'unethical' authorities

May 29, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Gooi Soon Seng chief lawyer for Siti Aisyah says police and state prosecutors have yet to give the defense the airport closed circuit television CCTV footage of the assassination or the autopsy report on Kim

ON THE KIM MURDER. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Kim assassination suspects should not be ambushed – lawyer

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Police accuses the pair of wiping the banned nerve agent VX on Kim Jong Nam s face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 as he was about to board a flight to Macau

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (L), 28, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Di balik jeruji Siti Aisyah menangis, ratapi nasib

Apr 13, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Aisyah tidak menyangka keikutsertaannya dalam program prank tersebut malah menyebabkan nyawa orang lain melayang

DIKAWAL. Siti Aisyah dikawal oleh personel kepolisian Malaysia ketika menghadiri sidang perdana pada 1 Maret karena diduga melakukan pembunuhan terhadap warga Korea Utara, Kim Jong-Nam pada 13 Februari di Bandara KLIA. Foto oleh Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim murder suspects taken to Malaysian court

Apr 13, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Prosecutors are expected to apply for the case to be transferred to an upper court where the women will be tried for murder

TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (left) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (right) are taken to a Malaysian court where they will be tried for murder. File photos from Agence France-Presse

Sidang kedua digelar, jaksa hadirkan bukti dakwaan terhadap Siti Aisyah

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Pada hari ini pengacara juga akan menuntut pengaduan di Mahkamah Majistret Sepang agar Siti Aisyah dibebaskan karena dia hanya korban

DITAHAN. Wakil Inspektur Jenderal Kepolisian Malaysia, Noor Rashid Ibrahim tengah menunjukkan foto Siti Aisyah yang secara resmi diumumkan telah ditahan oleh kepolisian Malaysia pada tanggal 16 Februari lalu. Foto oleh Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam's body returned to North Korea – China

Mar 31, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The body of the DPRK citizen who died in Malaysia and relevant DPRK citizens have returned to the DPRK today via Beijing Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says

BACK IN NORTH KOREA. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/ AFP

Malaysians' emotional return from Pyongyang in Kim body swap

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:56 PM

The Malaysians were flown out on a government owned business jet piloted by a senior Royal Malaysian Air Force officer

Kim Jong-nam file photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Kim body to be sent to North Korea, Malaysians freed – Malaysia PM

Mar 30, 2017 - 8:47 PM

In addition to the return of Kim Jong Nam s body to North Korea 9 Malaysians in Pyongyang will also be allowed to leave North Korea

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Malaysia in 'sensitive' talks with North Korea after Kim murder – Najib

Mar 30, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Najib: What we want to achieve is the safety of the Malaysians in Pyongyang and also maintain the image of Malaysia as a sovereign country which upholds the principle of rule of law

NORTH KOREA MISSION. A North Korean flag flies at its embassy in Kuala Lumpur on February 18, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia says Kim Jong-Nam's body still in KL morgue

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Malaysia s health minister says the body will remain in a KL morgue until the government had decided what to do

ALL EYES. In this file photo, a man is silhouetted amidst television cameras as he walks past the forensics wing of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur in the Malaysian capital on February 25, 2017, where the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, is being kept. Manan Vatsayayana/AFP

Malaysia pursuing other possible suspects in Kim killing

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar does not elaborate on whether any North Koreans are among the people being pursued

KILLED. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, on February 14, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

The toxic mystery behind Kim Jong-Nam's assassination

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:20 PM

More than a month after Kim Jong Nam was murdered in Kuala Lumpur experts are struggling to make sense of Malaysia s findings that the lethal nerve agent VX was used to kill him without apparent harm to anyone else

Members of Malaysia's Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang on February 26, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam's identity confirmed using child's DNA – Malaysia

Mar 15, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Investigators confirmed the identity of the body as Kim Jong Nam based on the sample obtained from his child says Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam, walking amongst journalists upon his arrival at Beijing's international airport. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Malaysia says Kim body embalmed to halt decomposition

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Pyongyang has repeatedly demanded the return of his body but Malaysian authorities have refused to release it without a DNA sample from next of kin

KILLED. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, on February 14, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Malaysia hopes to open N. Korea talks 'in next few days'

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:17 PM

3 Malaysian embassy staff and 6 family members are stranded in Pyongyang after North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country

PEACEFUL SOLUTION. Malaysian activists show a 'peace sign' outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 10, 2017 during a gathering urging Malaysia and North Korea to come up with a peaceful solution to the current diplomatic row. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia police confirm Kim Jong-Nam identity

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar says he could not release details of how the identity was determined due to security concerns

NORTH KOREA WOES. Royal Malaysian Police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar addresses journalists in Bayan Lepas on Malaysia's northern island state of Penang on March 7, 2017, following the March 6 expulsion of North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol from the country. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Video emerges of 'son' of assassinated Kim Jong-Nam

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:05 PM

UPDATED My name is Kim Han Sol from North Korea part of the Kim family

KIM JONG-NAM'S 'SON' A frame grab from the video showing a man claiming to be Kim Han-Sol, son of Kim Jong-Nam. Cheollima Civil Defense/YouTube

North Korea, Malaysia in tit-for-tat exit bans over Kim killing

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:57 AM

6th UPDATE It marks a severe heightening of tensions 3 weeks after the airport assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un s half brother who was killed with the banned VX nerve agent

NO EXIT. In this file photo, a North Korean soldier stands in the arrivals hall of Pyongyang's International airport on October 8, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

Lawyer for suspect in Kim murder calls for second autopsy

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Doan Thi Huong s lawyer suggests Malaysia does not have the necessary expertise in the VX nerve agent adding that he planned to request a second post mortem

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (L), 28, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

North Korea orders expulsion of Malaysian ambassador – KCNA

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK North Korea notifies that the Malaysian ambassador to the DPRK is labeled as a persona non grata and demands he leave the country in 48 hours

Expelled North Korea envoy fires final salvo from airport

Mar 06, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Speaking at Kuala Lumpur International Airport before his flight left ambassador Kang Chol criticizes what he called a pretargeted investigation by the Malaysian police

KANG CHOL. Expelled North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks to journalists outside the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 6, 2017. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP