11 March 2017

News Story: Malaysian police confirm DPRK man killed in airport to be Kim Jong Nam

Kim Jong-Nam (Image: Flickr User - Conecta Abogados)
KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian police for the first time confirmed on Friday that a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man killed in Kuala Lumpur airport to be Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

"We have now established that Kim Chol is Kim Jong Nam," national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a press conference here, but declined to say if a DNA test had been carried out to identify the body.

"I will not tell you how we did it due to the safety and security of witnesses," he said, adding the police have fulfilled the requirements of laws on Kim Jong Nam's identification.

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.

He said the body would be handed over to the health ministry as police had completed the investigation on the identity.

The police have informed the relatives, but "it seems no one is taking (the body)," he added.

During the press conference, Khalid declined to elaborate further on the motive behind the killing.

Read the full story at Xinhua