North Korean dictator and anti-gambling hardliner Kim Jong Un’s more fun-loving half-brother Kim Jong-nam was headed to Macau, presumably for a gambling junket, when he was reportedly assassinated on Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un hasn’t publicly addressed the assassination of his decade older half-brother this week in Malaysia, but all signs point to the dictator being involved in the murder. The brother, known to be a gambler, was headed to Macau when he was accosted by a woman and killed.
Though details of the murder are still developing, the latest reports claim two women approached the exiled North Korean, with one placing a cloth containing a suspected poison over his face. Jong-nam died on the way to the hospital at the age of 45.
Malaysian police say they’ve arrested one of the women, and note she’s a 28-year-old holding a Vietnamese passport.
The oldest son of Kim Jong-iI, the notorious supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Jong-nam was well-known for leaning towards much-frowned-upon Western frivolities like casinos. None of that flew well with his famously harsh and merciless sibling-in-command.
North Korea has strict laws against gambling, as it does regarding any practice that might lead to a bit of fun or enjoyment for its citizens. There are, however, two casinos i