Ri Jong Chol criticizes Malaysia in Beijing

Ri Jong Chol criticizes Malaysia in Beijing

A North Korean man held in connection with the killing of the half-brother of the North's leader has strongly criticized the Malaysian government. Ri Jong Chol was deported after Malaysian police released him due to lack of evidence.

Ri left the country on Friday and arrived by plane in Beijing early on Saturday amid a media frenzy. He was accompanied by North Korean officials.

Ri told reporters at the airport that all evidence related to the incident was fake and fabricated and was meant to cause damage to North Korea.

He also said Malaysian authorities told him at one point that if he confessed his guilt he would be able to stay in Malaysia.

Ri is expected to fly to Pyongyang aboard the North Korean state-owned airline flight on Saturday afternoon.

He was detained in the days following the February 13th death of Kim Jong Nam.