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Two suspects in Jong-nam's murder remanded for seven days

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Two women were today remanded for seven days in connection with the death of a man believed to be North Korean leader's half-brother Kim Jong-nam. 

Selangor police chief Abu Samah Mat said the duo were slapped with remand orders at the Sepang police district headquarters this morning, Bernama reported. 

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said the second suspect, aged 25, was arrested at 2am today, but did not say where she was arrested.

She holds an Indonesian passport, which said she was born in Serang, Indonesia. 

"She was also positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of arrest," Khalid said in a statement.

Malaysian also arrested

Channel News Asia, quoting a senior police source, reported that the woman’s boyfriend, a Malaysian man, was also arrested in connection with the murder.

The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, meanwhile, said that it is verifying the identity of the second suspect who was an Indonesian passport holder.

Acting ambassador Andreano Erwin told Malaysiakini that he has authorised an embassy staff to verify the matter, following reports of the suspect's arrest and remand this morning.

"There is also the possibility of the passport being fake.

"We have not received any official information from Malaysian authorities but we are verifying the matter," Andreano said when contacted.

Yesterday, the police arrested a 29-year-old woman carrying a Vietnamese passport at klia2. She was identified from airport CCTV footage.

Last Monday morning, the deceased reportedly tried to board a flight to Macau when he was assaulted, possibly with poison.

Autopsy completed

Jong-nam sought help at the customer service counter at the airport but died on the way to the hospital.

According to the deceased's passport, he was identified as Kim Chol and was born in Pyongyang on June 10, 1970.

Foreign media reported that he is actually Kim Jong-un's brother, from a different mother.

North Korean officials reportedly objected to the post-mortem but this was not entertained by local authorities. 

The post-mortem was completed by Hospital Kuala Lumpur at 7.30pm last night. 

A diplomatic vehicle carrying a man in a suit was seen leaving the hospital's forensic department at about 8pm. 

Additional reporting by Alyaa Alhadjri.

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