Malaysian police will release Kim Jong-Nam’s body only after his family provides DNA samples

Feb 17, 2017

 

A still image from a footage broadcast by Chinese state media showing the second female suspect (yellow top)  detained in the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ... photo Reuters.
A still image from a footage broadcast by Chinese state media showing the second female suspect (yellow top) detained in the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un … photo Reuters.

The body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated brother of North Korea’s leader, will not be released until his family had provided DNA samples, Malaysia said Friday, despite a request from Pyongyang.

Forensic specialists were Friday carrying out tests on samples from the dead man’s body to try to determine the toxin that was apparently sprayed in his face as he readied to board a plane earlier this week.

North Korean diplomats have objected to the post-mortem examination, Malaysian officials say, but Kuala Lumpur has stood firm, and said Friday it would not release the body until procedures were complete.

“So far no family member or next of kin has come to identify or claim the body. We need a DNA sample of a family member to match the profile of the dead person,” Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat told AFP.

“North Korea has submitted a request to claim the body, but before we release the body we have to identify who the body belongs to,” he added.

Laboratory technicians working on blood and tissue samples would “conduct the analysis as soon as possible”, Dr Cornelia Charito Siricord of the science ministry’s chemistry department told Bernama.

Police were meanwhile questioning two women – one travelling on a Vietnamese passport and the other on an Indonesian document – as well as a Malaysian man.

The drama erupted on Monday morning as Jong-Nam, the estranged elder brother of Kim Jong-Un, readied to board a plane to Macau.

Malaysian police say the chubby 45-year-old was jumped by two women who squirted some kind of liquid in his face.

Jong-Nam told staff he was suffering from a headache and was taken to the airport clinic grimacing in pain, according to Malaysian media citing CCTV footage from the airport.

One of the women walked to a taxi rank immediately after the attack, according to the same footage.

He was rushed to hospital suffering from a seizure but was dead before he arrived. – AFP

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