The Indonesian Embassy has yet to obtain permission from Malaysia to allow its officials to meet Siti Aishah, the woman who holds an Indonesian passport and is now held by Malaysian police to help in investigations over the death of Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian Embassy has yet to obtain permission from Malaysia to allow its officials to meet Siti Aishah, the woman who holds an Indonesian passport and is now held by Malaysian police to help in investigations over the death of Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Indonesia’s Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia Andriano Erwin said the embassy was still waiting for police permission to meet the woman to ascertain her identity.

“The embassy has sent a letter to Wisma Putra (Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry) on the matter but we have yet to get permission to do so as police investigations are ongoing.

“Wisma Putra has informed us that the Malaysian police want to complete the investigations first before the woman is allowed to meet anyone, including from the embassy,” he told Bernama today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister, has confirmed that the dead man was Kim Jong-nam and that he was using a passport bearing the name Kim Chol.

So far, two foreign women and a local man have been detained in connection with the case.

One woman was detained at KL International Airport 2 (klia2), with Vietnamese travel documents, including a passport with the name of Doan Thi Huong. Her date of birth was stated as May 31, 1988, and birthplace Nam Dinh.

Siti Aishah’s date of birth was stated as Feb 1, 1992 in her passport and the birthplace was Serang, Indonesia.

Also detained was a Malaysian man, aged 26, who was said to be Siti Aishah’s boyfriend.

Both the female suspects have been remanded for seven days, beginning yesterday.

Last Monday, Jong-nam was at klia2 at 8am to board a flight to Macau an hour later when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.

Jong-nam sought help at a customer service counter at klia2 and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way.

It is learnt that the police are looking for four more men to assist in the investigation.-- BERNAMA

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