Malaysia denies visiting MSAR to obtain DNA


Malaysian authorities dismissed media reports yesterday that the country had sent a team of investigators to Macau to obtain DNA samples from Kim Jong Nam’s son, Kim Han Sol, reported Singaporean news outlet Channel NewsAsia.
According to the news outlet, the Inspector-general of Police of Malaysia, Khalid Abu Bakar, told reporters yesterday no families have formally come forward to claim the body believed to be Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, following his murder in Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.
The police official added that the authorities will give the families of Jong Nam “a little bit more time” to make their arrangements.
Jong Nam’s eldest son, Han Sol, is currently believed to be in Macau. Earlier this week, he was said to be flying to the Malaysian capital city from Macau to claim the body of his father but has not been spotted there.
Asked by Business Daily whether it had received any request for co-ordination from the Malaysian Government, the MSAR’s Office of the Secretary for Security responded yesterday that it had no comment on the issue at the moment.
The Office said earlier this month it would pay utmost effort to protecting the safety and legal benefits of local residents, visitors and other individuals in the MSAR, adding it would pay close attention to developments in the murder case.
Jong Nam was attacked by a Vietnamese woman who sprayed his eyes with a toxic substance at the Malaysian airport; he died during the trip to the hospital.
Malaysian authorities have arrested four people suspected of being involved in the North Korean’s murder and are searching for seven North Korean nationals – including the second secretary of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur – for possible involvement in the murder. The allegations were refuted by the embassy yesterday.
The Malaysian authorities have already requested Interpol to apprehend the four North Korean nationals and requested the North Korean embassy to interrogate the second secretary.