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Vietnam to verify Vietnamese passport holder held in Kim Jong-nam death

Vietnam to verify Vietnamese passport holder held in Kim Jong-nam death

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 10:46 GMT+7

Vietnam is working to verify information on a female suspect carrying a Vietnamese passport allegedly involved in the killing of North Korean national Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia last week, the Foreign Ministry said late Monday.

The foreign ministry has tasked the Vietnamese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur with working with competent Malaysian agencies on the woman’s case, whose passport is issued in the name of Doan Thi Huong, the ministry’s Consular Department told reporters in Hanoi.

The Vietnamese passport holder, together with three other suspects, has been held at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport following the February 13 death of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-nam was using a North Korean passport under the name of Kim Chol at the time of his death.

“The Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia is keeping a close watch on the issue,” the Consular Department underlined.

The department added that in addition to cooperating with Malaysian authorities, relevant Vietnamese agencies are also working to verify information from domestic sources.

The department, however, admitted that they “had made little progress” as Vietnam’s request to obtain consular access to the woman will not be approved until seven days after her arrest, as per Malaysian law.

Doan Thi Huong was arrested on February 15.

The three other suspects include one Malaysian, one North Korean and one Indonesian.

Reuters quoted Malaysian police as saying they are hunting for four more suspects, who are all North Koreans believed to have fled Kuala Lumpur following the attack, apparently carried out using poisoned needles.

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