Operation “Eun”: what is known about the death of the brother of the leader of DPRK

Operation “Eun”: what is known about the death of the brother of the leader of DPRK

What happened

On the morning of 13 February 2017 at the airport of Kuala Lumpur, was killed by Kim Jong Nam, the elder brother of the head of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN. This was reported by South Korean Agency Yonhap, citing a government source. According to the TV Chosun, Kim Jong-Nam was attacked by two unknown women. According to different versions, one of them threw a face Nama fabric impregnated with a poisonous substance, or used the “poisoned needle”, but cause of death still not established. Now the body is in Malaysia, a broad examination has not been completed, official findings of the autopsy may be published Wednesday.

Who is Kim Jong-Nam

The day of the murder of 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam, the older brother, Kim Jong-UN, was supposed to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Macau is a special administrative region of China, where his family lives. We was born in 1971, educated at home, then went to Switzerland to study, like his brother, Kim Jong-UN. The brothers have different mothers. Mother-Nam, the North Korean actress song Hye-rim, even under the rule of Kim Jong-Il was expelled from the country and, in 2002, died in Moscow. It is reported that Kim Jong-Nam was married twice.

In 2001 he was detained in Tokyo with fake documents and sent to China. Edition The Week reported that Nama was a fake passport of Dominican Republic. Kim Jong-Nam said to the border control staff that wanted to go to Japanese Disneyland. It was long considered the main candidate on a post of the head of North Korea, but after this event We were deported from North Korea, and for many years lived in exile.

The police of Malaysia at the morgue, where he kept the body of Kim Jong-Nam

The main versions of what happened

According to one version, the morning of 13 February at the airport of Kuala Lumpur and an unidentified woman put on her head, Kim Jong-Nam handkerchief with the poison which has caused his brother’s death North Korean leader. According to the version of the Malaysian newspaper the Star, he was splashed in the face by an unknown liquid that initially caused headache, and subsequently death. According to another version, Kim Jong-Nam has died from injections “poisoned needles”.

The Corea Times considering several main versions of what happened. One of them is Kim Jong-Nam inherited from Kim Jong-Il a considerable amount of money, and some secret finances, allegedly under the control of the uncle of the brothers Kim, chansong Tech, while he was alive. We kept the money in a Bank in Macau. According to the publication, Kim Jong UN ordered his brother to return and to send North Korea all the money to help the country overcome the financial difficulties caused by the sanctions. Brother leader allegedly refused that “very angry” Kim Jong-UN.

Citing Japanese media reports, The Corea Times also writes that Kim Jong-Nam, together with Chan the Sleep Tech could plan to overthrow his brother and lead the country, enjoying the protection of China. In an interview with The Guardian, a close friend and confidant of Kim Jong-Nam spoke about the character and attitudes of the former heir to the Korean dynasty. According to him, he was sent into exile, and, perhaps, they led to his death.

A third version, the murder of his brother — the result of rivalry between the North Korean services in an attempt to gain the loyalty of a dictator, for example, the Ministry of State Security and the General Intelligence Bureau.

The South Korean government was also of the opinion about the involvement of Korea to murder Kim Jong-Nam, according to Yonhap News. The publication quoted the head of the Ministry of Unification Hong-Yon PHE: “While we must await the outcome of the investigation, it is likely that the North Korean regime is behind this murder.” The Minister expressed confidence that this crime is a consequence of the “overwhelming desire of the leader of the DPRK” to get as much power through terror and hoped that the world community will pay attention to Pyongyang and his political course. The same opinion was expressed by the Minister of defense of South Korea Han Ming at the meeting of the National Security Committee.

Reuters quoted the Prime Minister of South Korea Hwang Gean, said at the National Security Council: “a Murder committed in public in the airport of a third country is unpardonable, inhuman crime and clearly demonstrates the recklessness and cruelty of the North Korean regime, which no stop at nothing in an effort to keep <…> terror Tactics adopted by North Korea, becoming bolder, so we have to be careful”

The suspects

The criminals managed to get away with murder. Four suspects were later arrested.

One of the suspects was recorded by surveillance cameras of the airport of Kuala Lumpur. The day of the murder she was wearing a white sweatshirt with the words LOL. The girl was detained on Wednesday, February 15, in the same terminal of the airport of Kuala Lumpur, where he was killed, Kim Jong Us. At detention at it have found documents addressed to the citizen of Vietnam, Doan thi Huong. It is known that she was 18 years old.

The second suspect city Aishah from Indonesia. According to found in her documents, she was 25 years old. It is known that in 2012 she moved to Malaysia after her divorce from her husband and worked at a nightclub in Kuala Lumpur.

Also among the suspects, 26-year-old citizen of Myanmar, Muhammad Farid bin Jalaludin. According to police, he meets the second suspect Aichach city. It is noted that he was arrested in the Malaysian town of Umphang.

The fourth suspect, Lee Jong Chul, born in 1970. According to the police, he was arrested in Malaysia, in the state of Selangor.

Suspects in the murder of Kim Chen Nama: Muhammad Farid bin Jalaludin (top left), Doan thi Huong (right top), Lee Jong-Chol (bottom left) and city Aishah (bottom right)

New Straits Times, citing Reuters talks about the moves of the two female suspects shortly before the murder, Kim Jong-Nam. Doan thi Huong settled in with a stay at Hotel Qlassic February 11, in a simple windowless room, paying in cash. She later moved to the CityView Hotel, where shorn hair and dressed in a sweatshirt with the words “LOL” in which it was captured by the cameras of the airport. In the day of the attack she left the hotel and moved to SkyStar Hotel and stayed there for one night. It is assumed that Doan thi Huong is one of two women who poisoned the brother of the leader of the DPRK. Hotel staff, who asked to remain anonymous, said that before and after the trip to the airport the suspect was completely calm.

Another suspect, Aichach city, according to local media distracted Kim Jong-Nam, when the first suspect threw over his face a handkerchief. Relative Aishah said that the 28-th of January the girl returned home to Jakarta to visit his 7-year-old son. According to the man, she tried to behave as inconspicuously as possible, looked exhausted and was coughing.

The roles of all four men in the assassination attempt on Kim Jong-Nam is not called.

On 19 February it became known that the Malaysian police is looking for four more individuals — men, 33, 34, 55 and 57 years, their identity is established. According to police, they left Malaysia the day of the murder. It is known that they arrived in the country in early February and can be involved in the death of Kim Jong-Nam, reports Reuters, citing local law enforcement.


Malaysian authorities refuse to send the body of Kim Jong-Nam as long as the police isn’t a DNA sample of the family of the victim. In response to this, North Korea urged Malaysia without delay to give the body together with a report on the results of the autopsy, and until then, Pyongyang did not recognize any results obtained without the presence of the representatives of North Korea.

Acting President of South Korea Hwang Kyo-Ahn also urged officials to request help from the international community to force North Korea “pay the price for a terrorist act”.

20 February it became known that the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Malaysia, has temporarily withdrawn its Ambassador from Pyongyang to Kuala Lumpur for “consultations”. A message posted on the website of the Malaysian foreign Ministry. Such decision is explained by the need to ask the representative of the North Korean mission “explanations about the charges [against the government], which he pronounced during his press conference on 17 February.”

The Ambassador of North Korea in Malaysia, Kang Chol said Pyongyang does not believe that the airport in Kuala Lumpur was assassinated half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN, according to Reuters. “It’s been seven days since the incident, but has still not provided clear conclusions about the causes of death. At the moment we can’t trust the Malaysian police. The Embassy has determined the identity of the victim. Is a citizen of Korea, Kim Chol, as indicated in his passport,” — said the Ambassador. According to him, the DPRK does not trust the results of a murder investigation, which leads the Malaysian police, and insists on a joint investigation, according to the News Straits Times.

However, the son of Kim Jong-Nam who arrived in the hospital on February 21, identified the body of his father. According to the preliminary examination, the deceased was not found traces of shot or heart attack, according to Japanese media reports the correspondent of TASS.

Kim Jong-Nam was found a passport in the name of Kim Chol. A similar name was Kim Jong-Chul, another brother, Kim Jong-UN who went missing in London in 2015. In addition, it was the name of one of the senior military of North Korea who was executed in 2012 by order of the leader of the DPRK.

New Straits Times reports that Malaysian police considers the publication and dissemination of the recordings of the attack from surveillance cameras at the airport interference in the investigation.

According to Reuters, China announced the suspension of supply in North Korea, coal is a vital fuel resource in connection with the attack on Kim Jong-Nam and nuclear weapons tests conducted by the DPRK over the last year.

The text was prepared with the participation of Anna Kim and Igor Krivitsky