Update: This article has been amended to include a police statement.
Police in Kuala Lumpur arrested a third person for questioning on the death of Kim Jong Nam, the now-deceased half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on Wednesday evening.
The man is a Malaysian citizen, named by police as 26-year-old Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin, is said by police to be the boyfriend of a female suspect who was arrested a few hours later, an allegedly Indonesian woman who documents identified as Siti Aishah.
Police say he is not believed to have been directly involved or a suspect, despite reports identifying him as a “third suspect”, but that he had provided information which had led to the arrest of Aishah.
“He is not one of the prime suspects but he is assisting us with the investigation,” Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Samah Mat told local outlet The Star.
The man is said to be a taxi driver, but Malaysian police did not say whether the man was the same taxi driver who was detained on Monday on suspicion of ferrying the two women from the scene of the crime.
At the time, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim told local outlet The Sun that the driver did not appear to be involved in the plot.
Malaysian Royal Police apprehended the woman identified as Siti Aishah at 2am on Thursday morning, though no details were given about the location of the arrest.
Indonesian police on Thursday told China’s Xinhua News Agency that they are investigating the alleged involvement of one of their citizens, who reportedly came from the town of Serang in Indonesia’s Banten province.
The first to be arrested, who was carrying documents identifying her as a Vietnamese citizen and has been named as Doan Thi Huong, was arrested on Wednesday morning at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – the scene of Monday’s assassination.
Police are believed to have five suspects in the murder of Kim Jong Nam: the two women who have now been detained, and four men. Reports on Wednesday suggested that North Koreans may have been among the men.
The men were said to have been monitoring the operation from Nyonya restaurant at the airport, before the group split.
Additional reporting: Chan Wei See
Featured image: Malaysian Police
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