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Archive for March 6, 2017

Newsline: North Korean ambassador leaves embassy after expulsion from Malaysia

North Korean ambassador Kang Chol left the embassy premises here this afternoon after Malaysia expelled him. News reports said he left in his official vehicle, a Jaguar, and was believed to be headed to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). National newswire Bernama reported that Kang arrived at KLIA and was registered, together with his family, for a 6.25pm flight to Beijing, China. Wisma Putra declared Kang a “persona non grata” Saturday after the North Korean ambassador suggested that Malaysia had “colluded with outside powers” and had allegedly tried to hide the truth in the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has refused to identify its citizen — named “Kim Chol” on his passport — as Jong-nam. Kang failed to show up or send a representative when the Foreign Ministry summoned him last Saturday. Jong-nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on February 13. Two foreign women — a Vietnamese and an Indonesian — were charged with his murder. Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea have since soured. Malaysia recently revoked the visa-free status for North Korean visitors.



Newsline: Chinese embassy in Namibia distances self from ‘rotten’ nationals

The Chinese embassy in Namibia has distanced its operations and relations from what its chargé d’affaires Li Nan called the ‘rotten’ Chinese, following dozens of poaching cases and other illegal activities involving Chinese nationals. Several Chinese were also arrested in arguably the biggest financial scandal ever reported in Namibia, involving N$3.5 billion that the government allegedly lost in tax evasion and money laundering, among others counts in the matter. Some Namibians were also arrested in connection with the case. “China will never give unprincipled protection to Chinese national suspects if they are treated according to the law,” he said. He said Chinese nationals that are involved in illegal activities do not represent the local Chinese community and embassy, and certainly not the People’s Republic of China.