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North Korean officials seeking to claim remains of Jong-nam


KUALA LUMPUR: Two cars bearing embassy number plates were seen leaving the North Korean Embassy here and are believed to be heading to the mortuary of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) to claim the body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.  

North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol was seen driving away with an unidentified person from the embassy at Jalan Batai in Bukit Damansara at 9.35am Friday.    

He was followed by another car driven by an unidentified male officer. 

Foreign and local journalists were seen waiting in front of the embassy as early as 9am.   

Jong-nam was assassinated on Monday. He 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.   

His body is expected to be released on Friday.   

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, with more arrests expected, following the murder.


 

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