No family members or next-of-kin of the murdered North Korean man believed to be Kim Jong-nam, has come forward to provide DNA samples or to identify the body as claimed by foreign and local media.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar brushed aside media reports which claimed that Jong-nam’s son, Kim Han-sol had provided blood samples to identify the body at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN) of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), recently.
“Until now, none of Jong-nam’s family members has shown up at IPFN to provide DNA samples and identify the body.
“I am requesting any next-of-kin of Jong-nam to come forward and provide DNA samples, and identify the body,” he told a press conference at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman today.
Khalid said the police has given a two-week time frame to Jong-nam’s family to identify the body and assured police protection if they arrive in Malaysia for the purpose.
When questioned about the presence of the Bukit Aman Special Task Force On Organised Crime (Stafoc) at IPFN, he said the team was dispatched there to tighten up the security as police had received reports of trespassing into the HKL mortuary area.
“We received a police report on the trespassing and we sent in the Stafoc team.
“It was not for any other reason as alleged by the media that the police escorted Jong-nam’s son to give DNA samples and identify the body,” added Khalid.
On Feb 13, a man, which media reports later on identified as the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (Klia2) to catch a flight to Macau when he was attacked by two women, one of whom covered his face with what was believed to be a poison-laced cloth.
The man, who carried a passport under the name of Kim Chol, reportedly died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.