‘Jong-nam was iden­ti­fied based on fin­ger­prints’

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A Ja­panese pa­per yes­ter­day claimed that Kim Jong-nam was pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied based on fin­ger­prints pro­vided to Malaysian au­thor­i­ties by Tokyo.

The Ja­pan Times re­ported that Ja­pan ac­quired Jong-nam’s fin­ger­prints when he was ar­rested for at­tempt­ing to en­ter the coun­try us­ing a fake pass­port to visit Tokyo Dis­ney­land in 2001.

“Ja­pan of­fered data on Jong­nam’s phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, such as fin­ger­prints and mugshots,” the pa­per wrote, quot­ing sources.

“The sources also said Malaysia made in­quiries to Ja­pan around Feb 22 re­gard­ing the lo­ca­tion of Jong-nam’s son, Kim Han-sol, who is be­lieved to have been liv­ing in Ma­cau.”

The pa­per also re­ported that the United States and other coun­tries had also helped in the probe by pro­tect­ing the fam­ily mem­bers of Jong-nam as they might be the next tar­get.

Han-sol was seen as key to iden­ti­fy­ing the body, but had not turned up in Malaysia yet.

How­ever, last week, a video fea­tur­ing a man claim­ing to be Han­sol emerged on­line.

The video, ti­tled “KHS Video”, was up­loaded to a YouTube chan­nel be­long­ing to a group called Che­ol­lima Civil De­fense on Tues­day.

That same day, Chan­nel NewsAsia said it con­firmed with Do Hee-youn, an ac­tivist with the Cit­i­zens’ Coali­tion for Hu­man Rights of Ab­ductees and North Korean Refugees, that the man in the video was in­deed Han-sol.

On Fri­day, In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar con­firmed that the North Korean man mur­dered in klia2 on Feb 13 was Jong-nam, though he had been trav­el­ling un­der the name “Kim Chol”.

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