Zahid con­firms dead North Korean Kim Jong-nam

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PU­TRA­JAYA: Home Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi yes­ter­day of­fi­cially con­firmed that the North Korean man who died at KL In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 on Mon­day was Kim Jong-nam, the es­tranged el­der half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jongun.

Zahid, who is the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, said Jong-nam was the same per­son who car­ried the pass­port bear­ing the name Kim Chol.

The iden­tity was ver­i­fied based on the pass­port which, he said, was au­then­tic.

He said Jong-nam car­ried two dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties in what could have been un­der­cover pass ports, and the doc­u­ments were au­then­tic.

“His iden­tity was con­firmed from the pass­port that we com­pared with the doc­u­ment is­sued by the Em­bassy of North Korea and by the iden­tity is­sued by the em­bassy,” he said at a press con­fer­ence af­ter chair­ing a round-ta­ble di­a­logue with in­dus­try lead­ers on for­eign work­ers here.

Asked whether the po­lice had iden­ti­fied the North Korean by his DNA, Ah­mad Zahid said the hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties and po­lice would is­sue the of­fi­cial state­ment on that as it was an op­er­a­tional mat­ter.

He said the gov­ern­ment would fa­cil­i­tate any re­quest by North Korea to claim the body, in ac­cor­dance with stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure.

The body would be re­leased to the next-of-kin or the em­bassy af­ter all the po­lice and med­i­cal pro­ce­dures had been com­pleted, he said.

“To date, (there has been) no of­fi­cial re­quest (from the next- ofkin) but they (the fam­ily) prob­a­bly chan­nelled their re­quest to the North Korean em­bassy,” he said.

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