SHAH ALAM – March 16, 2017: The family of murdered North Korean Kim Jong-nam has asked the Malaysian government to manage his body.
The procedures on how this is to be done will be decided by the outcome of negotiations between Malaysia and North Korea.
“From what I understand, the family has given its consent to our government to manage the body. All I can say is we should wait and see what will be decided later,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim stated after the launch of the Youth and Transformation 2050 seminar on national security here today.
Whether or not the body will be handed over to the North Korean government will depend on the outcome of the discussion.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi disclosed that Jong-nam’s identity was confirmed through his son’s DNA sample.
Jong-nam’s body is now under the custody of the health ministry.
Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed on February 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, believed to be by two foreign women now on trial.
Jong-nam’s body was embalmed last week.