Health Minister S. Subramaniam said today the police and forensic unit should not be subjected to pressure in their investigation into the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on Feb 13.
He said the police and the forensic unit should be given the time and space to conduct their work because they were aware of their responsibility.
“They can’t be dictated by either the government or the press to do anything much faster than what they should do … it is their responsibility to do this.
“In the end, the police are answerable. They need to make sure that they have got the answers and are confident about it,” he said.
Subramaniam spoke to reporters when asked to comment on the developments in the forensic investigation into the murder of Jong-nam at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2), Bernama reported.
Jong-nam was at klia2 at 8am on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau an hour later when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.
He sought help at a customer service counter at the airport and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way. He had come to Malaysia on Feb 6 and carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol.
Police have so far arrested four people – two women, one bearing an Indonesian passport and the other a Vietnamese passport; a Malaysian and a North Korean – over the killing.
Subramaniam said that so far the ministry had not received any information on the forensic autopsy on Jong-nam’s body.
Over the week since the assassination of Jong-nam, local and foreign reporters and photographers have continued to gather in front of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Kuala Lumpur Hospital for news on the autopsy.