PM: Malaysia de­ter­mined to un­cover truth

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia had to take a firm stand in in­ves­ti­gat­ing Kim Jong-nam’s mur­der as it is de­ter­mined to un­cover the truth about what tran­spired.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said Malaysia would con­tinue to take a firm stand and pros­e­cute those re­spon­si­ble for the crime.

“I would like to say that a crime has been com­mit­ted in Malaysia and we also re­alise that the material used is a very dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal sub­stance that should not be used at all.

“So, we must take a se­ri­ous stand and we are fully de­ter­mined to get to the truth and pros­e­cute those re­spon­si­ble for what hap­pened,” he told Al Ara­biya news chan­nel on Sun­day.

Com­ment­ing on the use of the VX nerve agent in the as­sas­si­na­tion, Na­jib said it was “to­tally un­ac­cept­able”, adding that the use of the dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal could have killed many more peo­ple than just the in­tended vic­tim.

He said Malaysia still needed to con­duct DNA com­par­isons for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, adding that this was a com­mon pro­ce­dure.

“We are wait­ing for DNA sam­ples (from rel­a­tives) to iden­tify the (de­ceased). So, we can­not hand over the body as long as we can­not de­ter­mine with­out a doubt the identity of the vic­tim.”

Jong-nam, the ex­iled half­brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was at­tacked on Feb 13 at klia2.

He was ap­proached by two women and “had his face wiped”, then sought as­sis­tance from air­port staff af­ter feel­ing dizzy.

Med­i­cal staff at the air­port clinic called for an am­bu­lance but Jong-nam died en route to Pu­tra­jaya Hos­pi­tal.

North Korean am­bas­sador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, later ac­cused Malaysia of col­lud­ing with “hos­tile na­tions”, such as South Korea and the United States. He had also said Malaysian po­lice could not be trusted to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

Two women have since been charged with the mur­der of Jong­nam.

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