A North Korean citizen who was remanded since February 18 for suspected involvement in the murder of Kim Jong-nam has been released due to insufficient evidence and to be deported, New Straits Times Online reported on Friday.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said Thursday that Ri Jong-chol, 47, was released due to insufficient evidence to charge him for the murder, but he must be deported as he does not possess valid documents.
Jong-chol had been detained since February 18 after investigators discovered that he had driven one of the four North Korean men wanted in the high-profile murder.
North Korean embassy counsellor Kim Yu-song spent about two hours at immigration on Friday where he was believed to have facilitated the deportation process of Jong-chol.
Upon leaving the immigration premise, Yu-song was ambushed and surrounded by reporters but he declined to give any comments.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)