On Friday, Malaysian police said that until it receives DNA samples from his next-of-kin, it will not release the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The murder of the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is being investigated by the police.
Kim, 47, was assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with a fast acting poison, leading to his death.
A Malaysian man has been detained to help with inquiries, as well as two female suspects, one is an Indonesian national while the other carries Vietnamese travel documents. The police are still looking for four men who they believe to have assisted in Kim’s murder.
South Korea’s spy agency as well as U.S. officials believe that North Korean agents had killed Kim, acting on orders from North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
The North Korean embassy tried, and failed, to persuade Malaysian authorities not to carry out an autopsy. On Thursday, it officially requested for the body of Kim Jong Nam to be released.
Abdul Samah Mat, Selangor state police chief, said that the body will not be released until obtaining next-of-kin DNA in order to confirm the identity of the victim. “We are still waiting for the next of kin application, we have not received it yet. We have only received the application from the North Korean embassy yesterday,” the police chief stated. “We need to collect DNA samples from the next-of-kin in order to get conclusive evidence on the victim’s identity.”
North Korea has made no public reference to Kim Jong Nam’s death. The victim spoke out publicly against his family’s imperial control of his home and how it’s become an isolated and nuclear-armed country.
According to South Korea’s intelligence agency Kim had been living under Chinese protection in the Chinese territory of Macau with his second wife. When he was killed, he had been at the airport to catch a flight to Macau.