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Kim Jong-nam believed to be travelling under another name

The Star Online logo The Star Online 14/2/2017

PETALING JAYA: Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of the North-Korean leader killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), was believed to have been travelling under a passport bearing the name “Kim Chol.”

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement Tuesday that based on his travel documents, the deceased was travelling with the passport number 836410070 with the name “Kim Chol.”

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The date of birth indicated in the passport was June 1970 and the place of birth was given as Pyongyang.

Khalid said the police have confirmed that a 46-year-old North Korean had died on his way to the hospital on Monday.

“Investigation is in progress and a post-mortem examination request has been made to ascertain the cause of death,” he said.

Coincidentally, “Kim Chol” was the name of the vice-minister who was executed on the orders of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2012.

Kim Chol was reportedly forced to walk across a live-fire mortar exercise for allegedly drinking and partying during the moaning period of Kim Jong-il, the father of Jong-un and Jong-nam.

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