NO TIME FRAME TO GET FAMILY’S DNA SAMPLES
We can obtain his family’s DNA, but we just don’t know where they are, says health minister
THE government and police will continue using existing channels to obtain DNA samples from Kim Jong-nam’s family members.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said yesterday there was no time frame set for Jongnam’s relatives to provide DNA samples.
He said the government would decide the next course of action only after a certain period, in line with the country’s laws.
However, Dr Subramaniam did not state what the “certain period” would be.
“For death cases involving locals at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, we will usually move on to the next procedure after two weeks.
“Other hospitals may take a longer time, but they would usually exhaust all avenues to locate the family of the deceased, including putting ads in newspapers. “But, in this case (Jong-nam’s murder), we believe we can obtain his family’s DNA, but we just don’t know where they are,” he said at Parliament lobby here yesterday.
The authorities are waiting for Jongnam’s next of kin to provide DNA samples for comparison to establish beyond doubt that the North Korean man murdered at klia2 on Feb 13 was indeed the exiled half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Jong-nam was travelling under an alias of “Kim Chol”.
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam