Kim Jong Nam: Malaysia released the last jailed suspect in the murder case

May 3, 2019 | Brainwave Science


The assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the eldest brother and main rival of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, with one of the deadliest chemical weapons at an airport in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur in 2017 spawned a massive police investigation and a diplomatic rift between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur. Till now, this most high-profile killing still remains a mystery.  After the case made headlines around the world, Malaysian authorities initially named at least 10 people in connection to the Kim Jong Nam assassination, but only prosecuted two of them. The prime suspect, a 48-year-old chemist, Ri Jong Chol, who was arrested and jailed in the aftermath of Kim Jong Nam’s killing was later released because there was no evidence to charge him. However, Ri escaped justice while the suspected assassins, Doan Thi Huong, a 29-year-old Vietnam national and Siti Aisyah, a 25-year-old Indonesia national- two aspiring models, were charged with murder, an offense that carries the death sentence. After approximately three years in prison, both suspects were surprisingly released after Malaysian prosecutors overturned the charged against them. The main planners and perpetrators of one of the most high-profile killings of recent times have escaped justice.

According to defense lawyers of Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah, the suspects believed they were doing a TV prank show wherein a prank they have to apply or spray the harmless substance on the victim’s face. Indonesia’s most senior policeman, Tito Karnavian, also claimed the same. Later during the investigation, an expert believes the chemical that suspects applied on the face of Kim Jong Nam simultaneously became a deadly VX nerve agent and was the cause of the dead. Malaysian Police and intelligence sources suspect Ri Jong Chol prepared the VX nerve agent that killed Nam.

Kim Jong Nam was aware of the assassination order issued by his brother and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un after their father’s death. Fearing for his life and that of his family member, Kim Jong Nam wrote a letter to his younger brother where he quoted, “Please withdraw the order to punish me and my family. We have nowhere to hide. The only way to escape is to choose suicide.” It is reported that before the assassination, Kim Jong Nam met an American spy and shared a large amount of electronic data believe to be the sensitive information about the North Korean government.

Malaysian police believe that the escape of Ri Jong Chol was a Golden opportunity lost. Police searched Ri’s apartment once, interviewed him only once and failed to test his belongings for VX residue or find substantial evidence to prosecute Ri. Losing Ri Jong Chol still haunt the Malaysian police to determine the truth behind this case as they believe it would be meaningful if they focus their investigation into Ri and his comrades as they were foot soldiers in this case and orders of assassination came from above.

Experts said, “There was a golden opportunity to hold them accountable and we have completely lost that.”


Kim Jong Un- the third leader of the dynastic Kim family and commander of a highly centralized totalitarian state, North Korea, exercises almost total military and political control. UN Human Rights reportedly accused North Korean government of committing crimes against humanity and generate fearful obedience from citizens through illicit violence. According to human right activists, Kim Jong Un rules the nation with extreme brutality, making his nation among the worst human rights violators in the world.

Since Kim Jong Un assumed power in 2011 from his father, he ordered executions of at least 340 people in the first six years, according to National Intelligence Service. Kim’s family is also not off limits from his behavior. Treason against the nation or the supreme leader Kim Jong Un has extreme consequences. The recent members of Kim Family executed because they were a vocal critic was one of Kim’s uncles, Jang Song Thaek. Then his estranged brother Kim Jong Nam who was considered as a threat to Kim Jong Un as believe he was sharing sensitive information with American intelligence and claimed Kim Jong Un wasn’t a good leader to rule North Korea. Some of the vocal critics who fled the country in fear of their life were traced and disappeared. The recent case was: Disappearance of North Korean Ambassador who seek asylum in western countries.

In the wake of the brazen public murder of Kim Jong Nam, Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Korea are getting more strained by the day. The Malaysian government and law enforcement agencies still believe Ri Jong Chol was accountable for the crime and could uncover the truth behind the murder and provide specific crime-related information.


It is a very multifaceted situation, difficult to state whether this situation can mend as all suspects, in this case, have been deported even the young women. Vocal critics like journalists, activists, opposition ministers, whistle-blowers are being slaughtered around the globe as they threaten the reputation of governments, businesses or powerful persons. Unsolved mystery of Kim Jong Nam’s murder and helplessness of Malaysian law enforcement agencies do warn rest of the world that when existing conventional investigative technologies do not provide an accurate result within specific time-frame or when no physical evidence like DNA, fingerprinting or witnesses are available, the only reliable source to determine the truth can be the brain of the suspect. With the limited time available, the closest technology that can accurately identify the perpetrator from innocent, support law enforcement personnel to find substantial evidence and links and unmasked the mastermind behind such high-profile crime is iCognative.

iCognative sets the benchmark for innovation and performance, as it is a highly advanced, non-intrusive, and affordable security solution, showing a great value for law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies feel crippled in an investigation of a case with limited time and lack of physical evidence. Brainwave Science has introduced its disruptive iCognative technology to help law enforcement personnel identify whether a suspect possesses specific crime-related information or not by measuring EEG brainwaves of the suspect. iCognative technology is rooted in advancements made in the field of cognitive psychophysiology, where specific brainwave patterns are analyzed to reveal with over 99% statistical confidence whether a suspect is concealing privileged information. The possibility of any error using iCognative technology is next to impossible.

Brainwave Science, a suburban-Boston based company, has designed and developed iCognative technology with the primary objective to support law enforcement agencies to investigate intricate cases with limited time availability that lack physical evidence.. With the introduction of iCognative technology, law enforcement agencies have a virtually fool-proof tool which can identify the perpetrator and reveal what specific crime-related information he/she possesses by recognition of a specific P300 electrical signal emitted from the suspect’s brain after he or she is confronted with a stimulus in forms of pictures, phrases, and words. In this case, if the Malaysian law enforcement would have conducted iCognative technology test on all the suspects including Ri Jong Chol, Doan Thi Huong, Siti Aisyah, then it would have been possible to determine the level of involvement and innocence of each of the suspects. This is the power of iCognative testing, this technology delivers when all other means of delivery of truth that leads to justice fail. Information such as how were the young women approached, were they aware of the nerve agent VX or crime, what role did Ri play in the crime, who supported Ri in the crime, who was the mastermind behind this crime, were any Malaysian officials involved in this crime, identification of the victim, etc., would be available for law enforcement personnel through 45-minutes to an hour of iCognative testing. Brainwave Science’s iCognative helps protect the reputation of the nation’s law enforcement agencies and supports them to solve even the most complicated cases within a record-breaking time. By standardizing the use of first-of-its-kind iCognative technology (provided by Brainwave Science) in investigations, law enforcement benefits from a scientific and objective means to discover who exactly the perpetrators and accomplices are and what is their level of participation in any given crime.

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