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

New Straits Times - - News - ADRIAN LAI KUALA LUMPUR adri­an­lai@nst.com.my

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

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