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Kim Jong Nam’s death: Malaysia police seeks arrest of N.Korean diplomat

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Kim Jong Nam's death: Malaysia police seeks arrest of N.Korean diplomat

Malaysia police are seeking the arrest of Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, for questioning over the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, who died after he was attacked with a chemical substance by two suspected female agents.

Police say the diplomat is wanted for questioning after it was established that VX nerve agent, a chemical on a U.N. list of weapons of mass destruction, was used to kill Kim Jong-nam.

But authorities acknowledged at the time he has diplomatic immunity and they couldn’t compel him to appear even as Abdul Samah, a police official, said authorities would give the diplomat reasonable time to come forward. “And if he failed to turn up … then we will go to the next step by getting a warrant of arrest from the court,” he told reporters.

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Lawyer Sankara Nair, however, noted that diplomats have immunity privileges even in criminal cases. “Police can apply for a warrant, but it can easily be set aside by the embassy,” he said.

Malaysia police preliminary analysis from the chemistry Department revealed that the nerve agent which was found on face of Kim Jong-nam before he died at an undisclosed hospital.

Police officials are now making findings as to how the nerve agent was brought into the country or if it was made there, as authorities were seen sweeping the airport and other locations for radioactive material.

 

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