North Korean officials did not want autopsy on body, say sources

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  • Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017

A North Korean embassy official stands inside the Forensic department where the body of a North Korean man suspected to be Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is bieng kept at Hospital Kuala Lumpur. - AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: North Korean government officials in Malaysia objected to an autopsy being performed on the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Malaysian government sources aware of the discussions said on Wednesday.

The officials requested that the body be released to them right away, but Malaysia rejected the request, several sources said.

No decision has been taken on whether the body of Kim Jong-nam will be handed over to North Korea, the sources added.

Malaysian police on Wednesday detained a woman holding Vietnam travel papers, and are looking for a "few" other foreign suspects in connection with the death in Kuala Lumpur of Kim Jong-nam, police said. – Reuters

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