World News

North Korea leader's stepbrother Kim Jong-nam might have been killed because of Facebook: Sources

Kim Jong-nam used social media site extensively, under the alias ‘Kim Chol’, and had photos of him in casinos and famous hotels in the city, sources said.

Published: 17th February 2017 09:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2017 09:13 AM   |  A+A-


WASHINGTON: Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, could have been killed apparently by the discovery of his Facebook page, according to reports. 

Nam, who was murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Monday, was travelling using a passport under the name 'Kim Chol', according to Malaysian police.

NK News website reported that a Facebook account belonging to a 'Kim Chol' had pictures of Kim Jong-nam in Macau, where he lived in exile and was headed to before he was killed. It quoted an unnamed source confirming that the profile was his.

The website said that Nam used social media site extensively, under the alias ‘Kim Chol’. The Facebook page had several photos of Nam in cities in the region, as well as outside casinos and famous hotels. 

It also quoted Cha Du Hyeogn, former intelligence secretary to former South Korean president Lee Myung Bak, as saying that Kim Jong-nam was known to have used commercial e-mail addresses. 

"Open activities like these do not look like they are coming from a person who is constantly under death threats. I think it is possible that Kim (Jong-nam) was careless, leading to his unsuspecting death,” he said.

Three suspects - two women with foreign documents and a Malaysian man - have been arrested in connection with the death so far.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.