Updated: 05/21/2014 00:23 | By Agence France-Presse

'N. Korea leader's half-brother spotted in Jakarta'

The elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has surfaced in Indonesia, dismissing speculation that he might have been hiding following the execution of his uncle, a South Korean television reported Tuesday.

Kim Jong-Nam was sighted at an Italian restaurant run by a Japanese businessman in Jakarta on May 4 with two women, cable news network YTN said.

YTN quoted one of Kim's friends as saying the 43-year-old had been living well, shuttling back and forth among Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and France, despite the shock execution of his uncle, Jang Song-Thaek, last December.

Kim Jong-Nam was reportedly close to Jang, once the North's unofficial number two and political mentor of current leader Kim Jong-Un.

Jang's execution was the biggest political upheaval since the young ruler took power after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in December 2011.

Kim Jong-Nam was once considered heir apparent but fell out of favour with his father following a botched attempt in 2001 to secretly enter Japan and visit Disneyland.

He has since lived in virtual exile, mainly in the Chinese territory of Macau.

Kim Jong-Nam, known as an advocate for reform, once told a Japanese newspaper that he opposed the idea of the North's dynastic power transfer.

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