Jong-nam has been seen with two gold chains — one with a pen­dant of the Bud­dha and one of his loved ones

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FARRAH NAZ KARIM AND ALIZA SHAH KUALA LUMPUR spe­cial­probes@nst.com.my

AS Kim Jong-nam lay on the am­bu­lance stretcher, gasp­ing for air and cling­ing on to the last ves­tiges of life as he was be­ing rushed to Pu­tra­jaya Hospi­tal on Feb 13, the chain and golden pen­dant he wore around his neck heaved with ev­ery laboured breath.

In that gold pen­dant was a dig­i­tally en­graved im­age of him and two close to his heart — his wife and son.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors (sources) say that this non­de­script piece of jew­ellery links Jong-nam di­rectly to his next of kin.

The New Straits Times has also learnt that Jong­nam had on him a ring and an­other chain on his neck.

The gold chain, with a pen­dant of the Bud­dha, had been seen on Jong­nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jongun, in pre­vi­ous images of him.

Of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance is the lux­ury time­piece worn by Jong­nam, as seen in the pic­ture of him slumped at the klia2 clinic, where he was sent to af­ter his as­sailants pounced on him and ad­min­is­tered the deadly VX nerve agent to his face.

It was a Patek Philippe.

The as­sas­si­na­tion has ig­nited a tense diplo­matic row be­tween

Lock­ets may hold pho­to­graphs of loved ones, which could be suit­able for cir­cu­la­tion in their own right. THE UNITED KING­DOM’S NA­TIONAL CRIME AGENCY’S MISS­ING PER­SONS BU­REAU

Kuala Lumpur and Py­ongyang.

It is un­der­stood that these pieces of jew­ellery and the time­piece had been sent to the Chem­istry De­part­ment for test­ing, along with the beaded bracelet he had on him.

The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of jew­ellery on a de­ceased’s body un­der the in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised body iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria is listed as among the top sec­ondary iden­ti­fiers.

Oth­ers in­clude tat­toos and other dis­tin­guish­ing marks, in­clud­ing moles.

Kuala Lumpur had, on Fri­day, con­firmed Jong-nam’s iden­tity. Fol­low­ing this, the Health Min­istry said it hoped that his next of kin would come for­ward to claim his re­mains, say­ing the gov­ern­ment would oth­er­wise have to con­sider other op­tions.

Yes­ter­day, Py­ongyang, at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters in New York, re­fused to ac­knowl­edge the de­ceased as Jong-nam, in­sist­ing that he is “Kim Chol”.

The United King­dom’s Na­tional Crime Agency’s Miss­ing Per­sons Bu­reau, for ex­am­ple, says jew­ellery is con­sid­ered a main sec­ondary identifier be­cause “it can re­veal a lot of in­for­ma­tion about the de­ceased per­son”.

This, it said, was par­tic­u­larly so when names or dates are in­scribed on them. Jong-nam had in to­tal four pieces of jew­ellery on him that day.

“Lock­ets may hold pho­to­graphs of loved ones, which could be suit­able for cir­cu­la­tion in their own right,” says the bu­reau in its pro­ce­dural ad­vice for UK au­thor­i­ties in­volved in the process of es­tab­lish­ing the iden­tity of uniden­ti­fied bod­ies.

The New Straits Times had, in re­cent days, front­paged sev­eral other sec­ondary iden­ti­fiers unique to Jong-nam on his body, which has been at the Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal mor­tu­ary since Feb 15.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors (sources) also say that Jong-nam, af­ter ar­riv­ing in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 6, had flown to idyl­lic Langkawi for a brief hol­i­day.

It is also learnt that Jong-nam, who was mur­dered as he was pre­par­ing to leave Malaysia for Ma­cau, where he had lived in ex­ile, had on him some 100 pieces of US$100 notes.

The New Straits Times learnt that paramedics at­tend­ing to Jong-nam in the am­bu­lance as it sped to­wards the hospi­tal just af­ter 11am de­tected a very faint heart­beat from him. But he died soon af­ter.

Page 1 pic: An artist’s ren­di­tion of the dig­i­tally en­graved im­age of Kim Jong-nam with his wife and son on his gold pen­dant. PIC COUR­TESY OF FUJI TV


Kim Jong-nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Air­port in 2004. In this pic­ture, Jong-nam is seen wear­ing a gold chain with a pen­dant of the Bud­dha (hid­den), which he had for a while. The top chain was not in his cus­tody when he died.

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