KUALA LUMPUR: North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol was seen returning to the embassy on Friday afternoon following speculation that the body of Kim Jong-nam would be claimed by Pyongyang.
It was reported that Kang Chol and several officials were believed headed to HKL in the morning to claim the remains of Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, who was assassinated on Monday.
His body is expected to be released on Friday.
Earlier, police arrived at the embassy at 10.35am, an hour after ambassador Kang Chol left the premises.
When asked by the press, they said they were there for observation and left shortly afterwards.
Several cars bearing local number plates were seen entering and leaving the premises.
However, Malaysian authorities reportedly told AFP that the body would not be released until a DNA sample was obtained from one of Jong-nam's family members.
On Monday, Jong-nam was at the KLIA2 waiting for a flight to Macau when two women attacked him with poison.
He died en route to the hospital in Putrajaya. Jong-nam arrived in Malaysia from Macau on Feb 6.
Jong-nam was brought to Putrajaya Hospital after the attack at KLIA2.
His body was transferred to HKL for a post-mortem, which was completed on Wednesday.
North Korean Embassy officials had requested that no post-mortem be carried out but Malaysian authorities turned down the request.
The body will be handed over to the North Koreans to be passed to the next of kin.
Police have detained two female suspects and one male with more arrests expected, following the murder.
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