‘DNA taken from Jong-nam’s child’

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SEPANG: The body of the North Korean killed in klia2 on Feb 13 was con­clu­sively iden­ti­fied as be­ing that of Kim Jong-nam through DNA com­par­i­son with sam­ples ob­tained from one of his chil­dren.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated Malaysia’s stand that the body was that of Jong-nam, say­ing that the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion process in­cluded a DNA sam­ple com­par­i­son as well as foren­sic ev­i­dence.

“The in­spec­tor-gen­eral of po­lice had ear­lier con­firmed that the de­ceased was Jong-nam. I want to of­fi­cially con­firm it again that the body is in­deed that of Jong-nam. The sam­ples were ob­tained and tested in ac­cor­dance with foren­sic pro­ce­dures,” he said.

Zahid was speak­ing to re­porters af­ter launch­ing the KUL VIP Ac­cess pro­gramme at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) here yes­ter­day.

How­ever, he did not elab­o­rate on how the au­thor­i­ties col­lected the sam­ples.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, was re­spond­ing to re­ports that North Korean per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Kim In-ry­ong had de­nied that the man as­sas­si­nated in klia2 was the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He placed the blame for the as­sas­si­na­tion on the United States and South Korea.

Asked about the call from some quar­ters to have an in­ter­na­tional in­quiry into the mur­der of Jong­nam, Zahid said he had no is­sues with it.

“Any­one, in­clud­ing North Korea and in­ter­na­tional bod­ies, can ask for such an in­quiry. But they (North Korea) have to ask them­selves whether they have lis­tened to de­ci­sions by in­ter­na­tional bod­ies,” he said.

Zahid said for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the coun­tries be­gan on Mon­day to se­cure the re­lease of nine Malaysians barred from leav­ing Py­ongyang.

Ear­lier, Zahid launched Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd’s (MAHB) first-ever end-to-gate and fast-track air­port ex­pe­ri­ence ser­vice KUL VIP Ac­cess at KLIA.

The fa­cil­ity makes avail­able VIP travel for all its pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Present were Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, MAHB chair­man Tan Sri Wan Ab­dul Aziz Wan Abdullah, MAHB man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Masir Ku­jat and Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi.

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi wit­ness­ing Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd chair­man Tan Sri Dr Wan Ab­dul Aziz Wan Abdullah (sec­ond from left) hand­ing the “Win­ner Sky­trax: Best Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices at Air­port” cer­tifi­cate to Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral (con­trol) Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah at the launch of the KUL VIP Ac­cess pro­gramme at KLIA yes­ter­day. With them are Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (left) and MAHB man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Badlisham Ghaz­ali.

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