House Summons BIN to Provide Information on Kim Jong Nam Investigation

A man, right, believed to be Kim Jong Nam, is escorted by police as he boards a plane upon his deportation from Japan at Tokyo's Narita international airport in Narita, Japan on May 4, 2001. (Reuters Photo/Kyodo)

By : Hotman Siregar and Eko Prasetyo | on 9:36 PM February 17, 2017
Category : News, Featured, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs, will summon officials from the State Intelligence Agency, or BIN, to provide further information on the investigation and arrest of Siti Aishah, an Indonesian national who is allegedly involved in the apparent assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We would like further information on the investigation as an Indonesian citizen is a suspect in the case and Indonesia is one of the few countries that is friendly with North Korea," Bobby Rizaldi said at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, South Jakarta on Friday (17/02).

“We want details of the investigation from BIN. We want to be sure that the suspect is in fact an Indonesian citizen, and if the supect and other Indonesians are being recruited by espionage agencies in North Korea,” Bobby said.

The Malaysian police detained Siti on Thursday as reported by the state-run Bernama news agency. The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur also verified that the suspect is an Indonesian citizen.

“The embassy will continue to coordinate with the Malaysian police in this matter,” the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The ministry added that the embassy will assist the suspect throughout the investigation and embassy staff have already visited the suspect who has been detained in Selangor.

Bernama reported that Siti was remanded in custody along with a Vietnamese woman who was caught at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday, two days after Kim Jong Nam was assaulted there with what was believed to be a fast acting poison. A Malaysian man has also been detained to help with inquiries.

Police are still hunting four men believed to have been accomplices in the murder.

South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers in Seoul that it believed North Korean agents had killed Kim Jong Nam, acting on orders from Kim Jong Un. United States officials told Reuters they also believed North Korean agents were responsible.

However, North Korea has made no public reference to Kim Jong Nam's death, and calls to the embassy in Malaysia were unanswered.

A source in Beijing with ties to both the North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that North Korea was not involved in his killing, and had no motive.

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