Kim Jong Un’s brother feared his life was ‘in danger’ months before he was poisoned

Kim Jong Un’s estranged brother Kim Jong Nam told a friend he feared his “life is in danger” six months before being poisoned at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport in a daring assassination carried out by two women, a police investigator testified Tuesday.

Chief police investigator Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court in Malaysia that Kim Jong Nam had told his friend, “My life is in danger,” and “I am scared for my life” about six months before he was killed.

The friend didn’t specify why Kim believed his life was in danger at the time.

NORTH KOREA'S PLOT TO KILL KIM JONG UN'S NEPHEW FOILED BY CHINESE OFFICIALS, REPORT SAYS

A man (R) believed to be North Korean heir-apparent Kim Jong Nam, is escorted by police as he boards a plane upon his deportation from Japan at Tokyo's Narita international airport in Narita, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo May 4, 2001. Picture taken May 4, 2001. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. - RC11E3489C60

Kim Jong Nam was killed on Feb. 13, 2017 after two women smeared the banned VX nerve agent on his face.  (Reuters)

Kim died on Feb. 13, 2017 after two women allegedly smeared the banned VX nerve agent on the despot brother’s face before fleeing the airport. Kim stumbled around before falling down. CCTV footage also showed two woman accused of being part of the brazen assassination walking in the airport and going into the restroom before the alleged attack.

The two women, Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, were charged with murder. Four other North Korean men who fled Malaysia on the same day were believed to be involved in the plot to kill Kim.

Aisyah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, also asked the investigator if Hong Song Hac, one of four suspects believed to have fled back to North Korea, was an official with the North Korean Embassy in Indonesia at the time. Wan Azirul initially said he didn't know but then agreed when shown a document provided by the Indonesian foreign ministry.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, is escorted as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1B8F98D340

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, is escorted as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court.  (Reuters)

Gooi told reporters later that police had failed to investigate the background of the four other suspects. He said the involvement of another North Korean Embassy official reinforced the belief that the embassy and its government were involved in the plot.

WOMEN ACCUSED OF KIM JONG NAM'S ASSASSINATION RETURN TO SCENE OF ATTACK

The involvement of the missing North Korean agents has fueled South Korea’s spy agency’s claim that the attack was part of a careful plot set up by the North Korean despot to kill a brother he reportedly never met.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, is escorted as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1A53254A10

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, is escorted as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court.  (Reuters)

Kim Jong Nam was not known to be actively seeking influence over his younger brother but had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic rule. Since he was also the eldest son of the late leader Kim Jong Il, he could have been seen as a potential rival to Kim Jong Un.

A report by Japanese magazine Nikkei Asian Review in August also claimed Kim Jong Un “flew into a rage” when he discovered his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was planning a coup with Chinese officials to overthrow him.

However, Malaysian officials never formally accused North Korea of any involvement in Kim Jon Nam’s death. The trial is expected to resume March 14.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam