Malaysia says needs kin's DNA before releasing Kim Jong Nam's body

Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:12pm GMT

By Emily Chow and Joseph Sipalan

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police said on Friday it will not release the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un until it receives DNA samples from his next-of-kin.

Police are investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Kim, 46, died on Monday after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast acting poison.

Two female suspects, one an Indonesian and the other carrying Vietnamese travel documents, have been arrested. A Malaysian man has also been detained to help with inquiries.

Police are still hunting four men believed to have been accomplices in Kim's murder.

South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers in Seoul that it believed North Korean agents had killed Kim, acting on orders from North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. U.S. officials told Reuters they also believed North Korean agents were responsible.

The North Korean embassy officially requested on Thursday, for the body of Kim Jong Nam to be released by Malaysia, having earlier tried in vain to persuade Malaysian authorities not to carry out an autopsy.

Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat told Reuters the body would not be released until next-of-kin DNA had been obtained to confirm the identity of the victim.   Continued...

Kim Jong Nam arrives at Beijing airport in Beijing, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 11, 2007. Picture taken February 11, 2007. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
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