KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) has dismissed claims by North Korea that Kim Chol probably died of a heart attack.
Khalid said Malaysian experts had already confirmed that Kim Chol died after two women suddenly wiped his face with their hands laced with suspected poison, which was later confirmed to be VX, a nerve agent.
"We have our experts who are qualified to determine the cause of death of Kim Chol. Our investigations, supported by expert reports, confirmed that Kim Chol was murdered. North Korea can say what they like but the facts remain," he said when contacted by Bernama News Channel Thursday.
Khalid said this in response to the North Korean embassy's official spokesperson Ri Tong-il who claimed that Kim Chol died of a heart attack and was not poisoned.
Meanwhile, Khalid said there was no need for them to hand over the sample of chemicals used in the murder to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Kim Chol died on Feb 13, after two women smeared his face with a chemical at KLIA2 where he was scheduled to leave for Macau.
Kim Chol was the name on the passport used by Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – Bernama