DPM CONFIRMS DNA SAMPLE WAS FROM SON
However, Zahid declined to elaborate on where and when it was collected
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DEPUTY Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday confirmed that the identity of Kim Jong-nam was verified using a DNA sample taken from his son.
He said the authorities had travelled overseas to an undisclosed country to collect the DNA sample, but declined to reveal the location nor when the trip was made.
“The DNA sample was taken from his (Jong-nam’s) son, who is overseas.
“I cannot reveal (where). We went there. I cannot reveal details,” Zahid said at the Parliament lobby here yesterday.
This came after Zahid on We dnesday said Jong-nam’s identity had been confirmed based on DNA sample comparisons with one of the deceased’s children.
It is unknown whether the DNA sample was taken from Kim Han-sol, who was initially thought to have travelled to Malaysia to provide his DNA sample and identify Jongnam’s body.
Zahid also said the government would seek the attorney-general’s advice on how to manage Jong-nam’s body, after the deceased’s family expressed its wish for the Malaysian gov- ernment to take care of his remains.
“I will check the approval document that was given by the next of kin to Malaysia through the Foreign Ministry.
“Police will make a decision based on t h e r e q u e s t b ecause the North Korean embassy (here) cannot ask for the body to be brought back (to North Korea) unless allowed by the next of kin.”
On a related matter, Zahid echoed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s earlier statement that negotiations between Malaysia and North Korea to secure the release of nine Malaysians in the reclusive state were ongoing.
“Discussions began last Mon-
Police will make a decision based on the request because the North Korean embassy (here) cannot ask for the body to be brought back (to North Korea) unless allowed by the next of kin.
DATUK SERI DR AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI
Deputy prime minister
elaborate on the Jong-nam case as it was still ongoing.
He reiterated his earlier statements that police had handed over Jong-nam’s body to the Health Ministry. day and are ongoing at the officers’ level.
“We haven’t concluded the negotiations and we will conduct high-level meetings soon.”
Zahid, however, declined to say when the high-level meetings would begin, saying they were subject to the recommendations made at the officers’ level.
In Shah Alam, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the decision on the next course of action on the handling of Jongnam’s remains was being discussed with the family.
“From what I understand,
“We will leave it to the Health Ministry as well as the Foreign Ministry to deal with the body.”
Diplomatic ties between Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang were tested over the killing of Jong- Jong-nam’s family wants our government to manage the remains.
“They have given their consent. Police have surrendered custody of the body to the Health Ministry and it is now up to the Federal Government to decide,” he said after launching a seminar at Kelab Shah Alam here yesterday.
The New Straits Times was informed that the process to get the DNA sample involved government-to-government arrangements, but sources declined to reveal which country the family member was at, citing that the information was classified. nam last month.
The incident sparked a diplomatic stand-off, as both countries slapped travel bans on each other’s citizens and expelled the other’s ambassadors.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is swarmed by journalists following the closing ceremony of the 2017 International Conference on Rohingya in Putrajaya yesterday.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (left) at a press conference in Shah Alam yesterday.