‘Kim`s eldest son in financial trouble in Macau’

Last Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 23:42

Moscow: The eldest son of North Korea`s late
leader Kim Jong-Il is having financial problems after being
cut off by the Stalinist state for doubting his country`s
succession policy, a Moscow newspaper said on Friday.

The Argumenty i Fakty weekly said in its Internet
addition that Kim Jong-Nam was recently kicked out of a luxury
hotel in the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau over a USD 15,000

It cited Macau administration sources as saying that the
eldest Kim -- seen as the likely successor until being caught
entering Japan on a fake passport in 2001 -- had lived a
luxurious lifestyle that included gambling and dinners at
exclusive restaurants.

But a source at the prestigious Grand Lapa Hotel that
Jong-Nam reportedly frequented told the paper that the eldest
Kim was recently expelled from his 17th-floor room because of
a cancelled credit card.

"He gave us his Visa Gold card but it ended up having no
money" on the account, the mass-circulated paper quoted an
unnamed source at the hotel as saying.

Argumenty i Fakty speculated that Jong-Nam`s latest
problems began when he told Japan`s Tokyo Shimbun newspaper in
January that his father had been opposed to a third-generation

"(Heredity succession) does not fit socialism and my
father was against it," he was quoted as saying at the time.
The late Kim handed over power to 40-year-old Jong-Nam`s
younger half-brother Kim Jong-Un upon his death in December.

"It looks like the Politburo has decided to punish the
`Communist playboy` and stopped sending him money," Argumenty
i Fakty quoted The Macau Post Daily director Harald Bruning as

The weekly cited an unnamed Macau administration as
saying that the local authorities were generally nervous about
the eldest son`s presence in the region.

"Who knows what might happen to him. What if there is an
assassination attempt against him, a blast or a contract
killing? We do not need problems."

The same official said Jong-Nam`s luxury apartment that
he rented for his wife was paid for by the Chinese secret
service while his spending money came primarily from North


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First Published: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 23:42

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