KIM JONG-NAM’S BODY RE­MOVED FROM HOS­PI­TAL FOR RE­LI­GIOUS RITES

Po­lice team meets N. Korean of­fi­cials at em­bassy

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

FAISAL ASYRAF KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE body of Kim Jong­nam was re­moved from Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal (HKL) as four po­lice of­fi­cers met of­fi­cials from the North Korean em­bassy here yes­ter­day.

A source re­vealed that Jong­nam’s body was trans­ported from the Na­tional Foren­sic In­sti­tute at HKL, where it was kept for 40 days, in a white Toy­ota Vell­fire, to a lo­ca­tion in Cheras for re­li­gious rites at 1.58pm.

A team of po­lice­men from the Dang Wangi po­lice head­quar­ters as well as Bukit Aman’s spe­cial branch of­fi­cers were seen in the com­pound.

Jong-nam, the es­tranged half­brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed when two women smeared the VX nerve agent on his face at klia2 on Feb 13. He died en route to Pu­tra­jaya Hos­pi­tal.

Ear­lier in the morn­ing, a team of four po­lice­men en­tered the North Korean em­bassy here and left after three hours.

The plain­clothes po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing Se­lan­gor Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Fadzil Ah­mat, walked into the com­pound of the em­bassy about 10am.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the team held a meet­ing with North Korean of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing sev­eral who ar­rived re­cently, in re­la­tion to the Jong-nam mur­der case.

Po­lice, when con­tacted, were tight-lipped over the meet­ing. On the way out of the em­bassy, Fadzil was seen hold­ing a file while three other po­lice­men car­ried back­packs.

Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam yes­ter­day said the gov­ern­ment was ex­pected to make a de­ci­sion on the re­mains of Jong-nam soon.

He said dis­cus­sions were un­der way with var­i­ous par­ties, in­clud­ing Wisma Pu­tra (For­eign Min­istry), the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment and the North Korean gov­ern­ment.

“I think we will be mak­ing an an­nounce­ment very soon, maybe as early as to­day (yes­ter­day), on what is the de­ci­sion of the gov­ern­ment,” he said after of­fi­ci­at­ing the con­struc­tion of a new build­ing at SJK (T) Bangi here.

Med­i­cal per­son­nel trans­fer­ring Kim Jong-nam’s body into a ve­hi­cle at the Na­tional Foren­sic In­sti­tute at Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

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