Malaysian authorities said that the North Korean arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam will be released and deported to his country on Friday. Amid the diplomatic row sparked by the killing of Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother, Malaysia also decided to scrap visa-free entry for all North Koreans, citing security reasons.
Malaysia's Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said Ri Jong Chol was being freed as the investigators lacked sufficient evidence to charge him, writes the BBC. Police are still on the lookout for three other N. Korean suspects in the case.
Kim’s death and the political mudslinging that followed have jolted the diplomatic relations between Malaysia and N. Korea to nearly a breaking point, notes Reuters. Malaysia has refused to hand over the body to Pyongyang, insisting that the next of kin should come forward.