KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities won’t release the body of assassinated North Korean princeling Kim Jong Nam without a DNA sample from a family member, police said Friday.
While this will most likely come from one of his children — Kim Jong Nam is thought to have six of them – it introduces another wrinkle in a sensational killing that makes a James Bond plot look realistic.
Kim Jong Nam, the estranged, older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on Monday in an apparent poisoning attack by two women in a busy airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
Three people — a Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman and the latter’s Malaysian boyfriend — have so far been arrested in relation to the attack, which is widely blamed on Kim Jong Un’s regime in Pyongyang.
North Korean diplomats in Kuala Lumpur tried — unsuccessfully — to stop an autopsy from taking place and are now seeking the return of Kim Jong Nam’s body.
But so far, no family member or next of kin has come to identify or claim the body, said Abdul Samah Mat, chief of police in Selangor, the state that incorporates Kuala Lumpur.
“We need a DNA sample of a family member to match the profile of the dead person,” the police chief told the Agence France Presse news agency. “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 said.
North Korea’s ruling Kim family is the most secretive dynasty. The totalitarian state tightly controls information about the family, which has kept a grip on the country for three generations, from Kim Il Sung, the founding president, through Kim Jong Il, the father of both Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un, to the current leader, who is only 33.Read More...
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