Man suspected of killing Kim Jong-un’s half-brother charged

Seoul, Sep 13 : The US Department of Justice has filed a criminal complaint against a North Korean man suspected of killing Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother on charges of violating sanctions placed on the communist regime.

The Department on Friday announced the complaint charging Ri Jong-chol and two others with “conspiracy to violate North Korean Sanctions Regulations and bank fraud, and conspiracy to launder funds”, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported on Saturday.

Ri is suspected of murdering Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, in 2017 in Malaysia.

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Ri was taken into custody but was later released due to lack of evidence.

The FBI’s Minneapolis field office is investigating the case, the Department added.

Kim Jong-nam was killed in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February 2017, when two women smeared his face with the VX nerve agent.

Kim Jong-nam was Kim Jong-il’s eldest son, and for a while it appeared he was being groomed to succeed him.

But he fell from favour in the early 2000s.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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