Was Kim Jong-nam’s casino lifestyle responsible for his death?

  • Secret playboy lifestyle of dictator’s ‘assassinated’ half-brother
  • High life – casinos, speedboats and adult entertainment clubs
  • Did Facebook posts give victim away?

Stories are appearing around the globe suggesting that Kim Jong-nam, exiled half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia while waiting for a flight.

Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang

Unnamed South Korean officials are quoted as the source but it was also reported separately that Malaysian police were looking for two female attackers.

Reports on the exile’s death say that he was sprayed in the face with a liquid and then had a handkerchief held over his mouth.

Police statement

“Kim Jong-nam told KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) staff that his face was feeling extremely painful because of an unidentified liquid sprayed at him. He was then taken for treatment at KLIA Clinic,” Malaysian police chief Abdul Samah Mat told UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

He passed away soon after arriving at hospital in Kuala Lumpur and a post mortem is being waited on to reveal the cause of death.

Kim Jong-nam lived in exile in Macau after his father threw him out. Once considered the heir apparent to Kim Jong-il, he was an outspoken critic of the North Korean regime and it is believed by Washington sources that Kim Jong-un feared his brother would try to overthrow him.

Facebook blunder

North Korea
North Korea

But the exile’s Facebook page didn’t show any hint of subversion, more that he was living a life that most of his fellow countrymen could never hope to achieve.

Registered under an assumed name, the page showed photos of the dead man at numerous tourist spots, on board speedboats and dressed up in casinos. His likes included a page for an adult entertainment club featuring women in racy costumes.

Life in hiding

Kim Jong-nam had been in hiding since the death of his father and it was claimed that he had survived a shootout in an assassination attempt in 2011. One security expert claimed that his carelessness in posting on Facebook was probably the mistake that was his undoing.

Three suspects, two women and a man, have now been arrested in Malaysia as investigations continue.

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