Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Malaysian police formally ID Kim Jong Nam in airport attack

Malaysian police formally ID Kim Jong Nam in airport attack

Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was attacked with a nerve agent at a Malaysian airport on February 13.

"We have established that Kim Chol is Kim Jong Nam", Malaysian national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said.

-A man claiming to be the son of Kim Jong-nam, the recently slain half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has surfaced in a 39-second video posted on YouTube Thursday.

"That's our job, not your job", he responded, when asked how the body was identified.

"Due to the safety of the witnesses, I will not say anything".

"The police have released the body to the Health Ministry and we will decide and let's wait".

Authorities investigating the death banned North Korean Embassy officials and staff from leaving the country, after North Korea barred all Malaysians exiting its territory.

The group claims to have "extracted" vulnerable members of Kim's family with the help of Dutch, U.S. and South Korean authorities, and was keeping them under protection in an undisclosed location.

Referring to North Korea's multiple missile launches on Monday that targeted American bases in Japan, Thae said they seemed to have been created to solicit military aid from China.

They have also issued arrest warrants against four North Koreans - accused of planning the murder and for hiring the two women to carry out the attack - as well as three North Koreans who they say are hiding in the North's embassy in Kuala Lumpur. They are Rhi Ji-hyon, 33, Hong Song-hac, 34, O Jong-gil, 55, and Ri Jae-nam, 57.

Malaysian police had previously identified the man as Kim Chol by citing his passport, and insisted that they needed family members to provide DNA samples to further identify the body.

Two women, a Vietnamese and an Indonesian, who allegedly wiped his face with a substance identified from an autopsy as the banned deadly VX nerve agent, were charged with murder on March 1.

"We have yet to make any decision on the body, which is at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital's forensic department".

Under the cloudy sky, media personnel from both local and global organisations were seen setting up their equipment near the premises where Jong-nam's body is kept. "This is because the diplomatic tension between North Korea and Malaysia still have not subsided", said general secretary Dato Haji Hamidin Haji Mohd Amin.

He added that police will be launching e-reporting for non-crime-related cases in the TTDI area.

"Because of this, we will be extending it to 22 police stations in the city and hopefully even more in the future", he said.

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